Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes Of Nevada City


John de Graaf | United States | 2017 | 57:15


The fight to save a beautiful river brings together a divided California community and leads to a redefinition of wealth. Born in the California Gold Rush of 1849, Nevada City produced both great wealth and the destruction of the environment, local Native Americans and Chinese immigrants. In the late 1960s it was discovered by poet Gary Snyder and the ‘back to the land” movement–with a different vision of wealth based on nature and community. Old guard and newcomers tangled till the fight to save their beautiful Yuba River brought them together. A film to inspire any community toward sustainability.

John de Graaf

Jennifer Ekstrom