‘… they can’t escape that they all exist in that environment and are all a part of each other. They seek to accept and like each other.’
Conflict is universal. But that doesn’t make it hurt any the less. The Klamath Conflict in rural Oregon has often worn a vicious and bloodied guise. Fear between warring rural communities defining the experience of life.
The causes of conflict lie deep. And for the most part, unexamined. We get so caught up in the detail of it all. The drama of right and of wrong. Of us versus them. Of possession and control, winners and losers.
But behind all of that is something far simpler. It’s where truth and consensus lie. And the journey there takes courage.
Bob Chadwick is a quiet force of nature. He has an ability to allow people to sit knee to knee and to truly experience each other. To see the very same world through new eyes.
‘ … I’m in this group. They all know who I am. They all say my name. I am important here.’
The Klamath Community came up with the notion ‘we should make these decisions, we should make them as a whole basin because we understand each other and the situation that we’re in‘.
This is a film about what democracy truly is. It’s about inclusion. And proximity. And the full undivided attention given to another person. This is so very important. Particularly amongst a seeming intractable conflict.
It tells just a strand of a deeper human story of conflict. Further Films in the Series will set out to define the wider image.