Duration: 46 minutes
The Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers flow west from rugged and wild country at the headwaters of the Continental Divide. These same waters are some of the most polluted in America. This paradox manifests itself at the rivers’ confluence in western Montana at the edge of wilderness and civilization. A place of stunning beauty, but where decades of extractive industry comes up headlong against the Milltown Dam, which holds back tons of toxic sediment. Where extractive industries once dominated, the landscapes new moniker is change. A dam is slated for removal, a historic timber mill is closed down and dismantled, and major housing development goes up in its place. This is the the New West—a place where change is the rule, and the future is anything but certain.
“TWO RIVERS explores the character of change. The film reveals that primary characters in this story aren’t people at all, but places: the Berkeley Pit, the Bonner Mill site, the Milltown Dam, the local communities and, of course, the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers. These characters have complex relationships and history that ultimately led to the climatic dam removal. Hawes-Davis and Carr largely let these places speak for themselves, with a narrative that is quiet, simple, thoughtful and often emotional.” ~ Missoula Independent
“Visually arresting. TWO RIVERS takes an impressionistic, long view on the removal of the Milltown Dam and how it affected residents.” ~ Missourian
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