The Memory of Fish


Northwest Connections | 2016 | 54 minutes

Stranger Says:

No one loved the Elwha River like Dick Goin, a machinist-turned-activist who grew up along its borders. At a time when scientists were busy elsewhere, he kept track of the dwindling salmon population, filling notebooks with his findings. "Dams and fish can’t work together at all," he states, so he made dam removal his mission. Alongside narration from Lili Taylor, codirectors Jennifer Galvin and Sachi Cunningham tell Goin's story through stunning nature imagery and his lyrical words. As he concludes, "A river doesn't want to be tethered." This is a lovely tribute to one of the Northwest’s most passionate conservationists. (KATHY FENNESSY)

SIFF Says:

Watching as the wild salmon he loved began steadily disappearing, retired mill worker-turned-conservationist Dick Goin decided to dedicate his life to restoring Washington's Elwha River by battling for the biggest dam-removal project in U.S. history.


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Film Credits
Jennifer Galvin, Sachi Cunningham
Narrated by Lili Taylor
SIFF 2016