Columbia River Calling

Films about the Columbia River Treaty (and its reviews)

Over the past few years a number of groups and individuals have produced films about the Columbia River Treaty, the reviews by the US and Canada, and various perspectives on the Treaty and reviews. Below is a compilation of some of those films.


Newsreel of the Columbia River Treaty Signing Ceremony at the Peace Arch

Date: September 1964

Description: News footage of the signing of the Columbia River Treaty in 1964.

Film length: 1:03


The Mighty Columbia

Date: May 2011

Produced by: Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Description (from CBT):  “CBT prepared this short animated video to provide an overview of the Columbia River Treaty history.”

Film length: 3:44


A River Loved

Date: October 2011

Produced by: Julie Elkins Watson (Oregon State University)

Description (from Julie Watson): “”A River Loved” is a documentary film that tells the story of the Columbia River and the diverse people and interests in the basin.”

Film length: 37:22


Columbia River Treaty: Learn about our past and think about our future

Date: October 2011

Produced by: Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Description (from CBT): “This short documentary tells stories from the past and offers perspectives about the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT). It is a compilation video that includes content from several existing videos about the CRT.”

Film length: 5:56


Voices of the Basin

Date: November 2012

Produced by: Holley DuMond, Kim Ogren, Jacob Petersen-Perlman, and Julie Watson (Oregon State University)

Description (from producers): This is a documentary that provides an update on where the Columbia River Treaty process is as of October 2012, and includes interviews of new stakeholders included in the current treaty process but not the original negotiations.

Film length: 9:48


One River: Ethics Matter

Date: June 2014

Produced by: Adam Wicks-Arshack and Xander Demetrios (Voyages of Discovery)

Description: A film showing highlights from the conference, “Ethics and the Columbia River Treaty: Righting Historic Wrongs,” held in May 2014 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Film length: 18:44


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