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School Bd/College/University DVD: $325


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 96 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

Arid Lands is a documentary feature about the land and people of the Columbia Basin in southeastern Washington state.

Sixty years ago, the Hanford nuclear site produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and today the area is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. It is a landscape of incredible contradictions: coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in the sagebrush, and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion.

Arid Lands takes us into a world of sports fishermen, tattoo artists, housing developers, ecologists, and radiation scientists living and working in the area. It tells the story of how people changed the landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. Marked by conflicting perceptions of wilderness and nature, Arid Lands is a moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West.

DVD includes 16-page study guide, scene selection and trailer.

  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Best Environmental Film, Seattle True Independent Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival
  • "Best of Fest", Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Katherine Knight Award, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
  • Best Environmental Film, Plymouth Independent Film Festival