Crying Earth Rise Up & Chuitna Coal

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

Sunday, April 12 at 4:30pm  |  $8  |

CRYING EARTH RISE UP is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. When one Lakota woman finds that her drinking water tests unusually high for radiation and another discovers her daughter’s medical conditions are related to the contaminated water, both seek the cause and how to stop it.  Their journeys lead them to a nearby uranium mining operation, which is extracting ore from deep in the ground by tapping the High Plains/Ogallala Aquifer, a huge underground cache of water covering 174,000 square miles from Texas to South Dakota—a water source that supplies drinking water to 82% of the people who live within the aquifer boundary.

Director: Suree Towfighnia  |  Producers: Suree Towfighnia, Courtney Hermann   |  2015  |  US  |  57 mins.

CHUITNA COAL : MORE THAN SALMON ON THE LINE chronicles the fight to save Alaska’s wild salmon.  Just 40 miles across the Cook Inlet from Anchorage lies the Chuitna River, one of the world’s last salmon strongholds, boasting strong runs of all five species of wild Pacific salmon.  But this unique ecosystem is under threat of destruction due to PacRim Coal’s proposal to develop one of the United States’ largest open-pit coal mines directly through the salmon-rich headwaters of the Chuitna River.  This short film follows the journey of fly fishermen who travel to Alaska’s Chuitna Watershed to fight against the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine that threatens the salmon runs. 
Director: Trip Jennings  |  Producers: Sam Weis, Paul Moinester, Brandon Hill  | 2015  |  US  |  30 mins. 

With CRYING EARTH RISE UP producer Courtney Hermann in attendance to discuss the film!

87 minutes
Suree Towfighnia, Trip Jennings


Sunday, April 12