Once a Braided River: Saint Johns Showing

artwork by Kandace Manning


How Portland abused and degraded the river that runs through it

A New Documentary by Barbara Bernstein

St. Johns Twin Cinema
8704 N Lombard Street
Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm

Once a Braided River, a new documentary by Barbara Bernstein, tells the story of how the North Reach of the Willamette River was transformed from a braided river, rich in biodiversity and home to many bands of indigenous people, into an industrial sacrifice zone with a ten mile long superfund site running from downtown Portland to the river’s confluence with the Columbia River. The documentary focuses on the part of Portland that most Portlanders don't know about or ignore. It braids together the strands of many issues that face us - climate chaos, rivers contaminated with toxic pollutants, fish and wildlife brought to the brink of extinction by these perilous practices, and the dire hazards of storing immense amounts of explosive fossil fuels upon liquefaction zones underlain by major fault lines along the shoreline of the river that runs through our region. The documentary features community groups and activists working to replace the current industrial sacrifice zone with a green working waterfront defined by good jobs, clean energy, and healthy ecosystems.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Bob Sallinger, Sarah Taylor, John Wasiutynski and Jay Wilson, who are featured in the film, and moderated by Barbara Bernstein.

This event is co-sponsored by the Braided River Campaign, Friends of Baltimore Woods, Columbia Riverkeeper, Willamette Riverkeeper, KBOO Community Radio, 350PDX and Oregon PSR.

Tickets are available online - https://ticketing.useast.veezi.com/purchase/13530?siteToken=wa27tvhkay8eqf8wswr30vk6xg or at the door.

For more information contact Barbara Bernstein - [email protected]

September 12, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8pm
St. Johns Twin Cinema
8704 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
United States
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