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Beaver Believers

Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. (Reairs 12/5 at 1 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. and 12/8 at 3:30 a.m.)

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Sometimes the best solutions to the biggest problems can be found in the most unexpected places. Meet the Beaver Believers: five scientists and a sassy, spicy hairdresser, tackling climate change, one stick at a time.

The Beaver Believers is the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the arid West. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it. As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the complexity and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and even do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust in the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it. Shot in 8 western US states, Mexico, and Canada, through desert drought, raging wild fires, spring floods, and wetland tranquility, this film will change the way you think about climate change and inspire you to step up confront the challenges we face.

About the Filmmaker

Sarah Koenigsberg
Sarah Koenigsberg

Sarah Koenigsberg is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and educator whose work focuses on stories of art, environment, and community in the American West. Her films and teaching cross disciplines, illuminating the power of storytelling as a medium through which to explore complex science and policy issues. Her commercial clients include the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Department of Energy, Discovery Channel Canada, Grand Canyon Trust, Wallowa Resources, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, American Rivers, and River Management Society.

Koenigsberg’s work has screened across North America in venues such as the National Climate Adaptation Forum, the North American Congress for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society’s annual conference. Winner of the Green Spark Award from the American Conservation Film Festival, her feature documentary “The Beaver Believers” has screened worldwide in film festivals such as the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, Banff World Tour, International Wildlife Film Festival, Ireland Wildlife Film Festival, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale, and the Portland EcoFilm Festival, among others. She loves strong coffee, dark chocolate, organizing cupboards, and finding an excuse to climb up high to “get the shot.” She detests sticky jar lids and tangled power cords.