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Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $395


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 57 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2017
Available in French: No

Born in the California Gold Rush, Nevada City was once the scene of some of the most destructive environmental practices on earth. By the 1960s, the town was a backwater, its extractive industries dying. Then it was discovered by the "back to the land movement." It was a second gold rush but with a different idea of gold based on nature, community and a sense of place.

The fight to save the Yuba River from proposed power dams brought conflicting factions of the community together while different ideas about the meaning of wealth have led to changes in local food production, education, arts, music and a commitment to building community. Once a place whose essence was individualism, competition and extractive industries, Nevada City is now moving toward a future of solidarity, stewardship, and livelihoods based on renewable resources, husbandry and sustainability.
Featuring two dozen of Nevada City's most active citizens and their stories, REDEFINING PROSPERITY is the remarkable story of a beautiful California town and the outward-looking, creative people who call it home and forged its new identity. 

DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
“This film provides a valuable window into the evolution of a historic part of California from gold mining to community scale agriculture and local community development. It weaves in the legacy of gold mining and Native American displacement and genocide with the region's revival through the influx of the 60's generation 'Back to the Earthers.' It shows the possibility of cooperation and reaching over ideological divides to preserve the beloved Yuba River and environmental attributes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."
- Stephanie Pincetl, Founding Director,
California Center for Sustainable Communities,
Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California - Los Angeles

People's Choice Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Screened at:
New Paradigm Award, Earth Day Film Festival
Taos Environmental Film Festival

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