Activist Jacinda Mack with filmmakers JD Schuyler, Ellie Schmidt, and Jackson Matthew. (Photo from Uprivers website)

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Director Matthew Jackson talks about his film “Uprivers,” documenting two watershed communities in the path of open pit mines. One is Williams Lake in British Columbia, downstream from the 2014 Mt. Polley mine disaster. The other is set in Jackson’s hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska where two mountain-top-removal mines are proposed on transboundary rivers.

The film features two women – Jacinda Mack and Carrie James – who challenge the mining industry by fostering their communities’ relationships to the land. “The hope of this film is to inspire people to find their relationship to rivers and translate it into meaningful stories and actions, that the powers-that-be can’t ignore,” Jackson said.

The 30-minute film will be screened in Sitka on Friday, March 30th at 6 p.m. at Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.  The film is a production of Artchange, Inc. Learn more about the film here.