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Salmon's story flows through three films

The Clinton Street Theater will show three salmon-related films on Sunday, Jan. 27, to raise awareness and funds for two community programs.

The event is a fundraiser for the Native American Youth and Family Center and Save our Wild Salmon, a Portland nonprofit.

The films start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are a sliding donation of $7 to $10; $2 to $5 from each ticket will go directly to the two beneficiaries.

The films include:

“River as Spirit — Rebirth of the Elwha,” a story about the Elwha River in Washington state, which is in the midst of the largest dam removal project for salmon recovery in the world.

Filmmakers flew and filmed the length of the river (from the Olympic Mountains to the mouth at the Strait of Juan De Fuca) last summer, a week before the removal began. Set to Native American music and poetry, it’s narrated in the native Klallam language with English subtitles.

“Buried in Sawdust for 50 Years,” which chronicles a salmon recovery project that took place in Discovery Bay, Wash. The story begins in the ’60s with a small milling operation and the dumping of their wood waste to 60 feet high into the adjacent estuary. Scientists discuss the role estuaries play in making healthy, sustainable salmon runs possible, as well as the broader environmental implications of what was not an uncommon practice in the Northwest at the time.

“Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time,” the story of a community’s efforts to preserve and restore a forest, a salmon stream, and Puget Sound in Washington state.

The filmmakers from Leaping Frog films will be on hand for a discussion and signing of their DVDs.

For more info: www.leapingfrogfilms.com/index1.html

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