Private Project

The Salmon Will Run

The Salmon Will Run follows the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though not a federally recognized tribe and small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised over $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

  • Shadia Fayne Wood
    Growing Resistance, Father Sun
  • Olivia Abtahi
    Father Sun
  • Chief Caleen Sisk
    Key Cast
  • Winona LaDuke
    Key Cast
  • Nahko Bear
    Key Cast
  • Adam J. Richman
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,738 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Shadia Fayne Wood, Olivia Abtahi

Shadia Fayne Wood and Olivia Abtahi are both Middle Eastern film directors with Survival Media Agency, a distributed network of freelance filmmakers and photographers, specializing in emotionally-moving content for social movements.

They have worked together as a director duo on a number of projects surrounding issues of cultural identity in the face of great adversity. Their latest film “The Salmon Will Run,” has been screened across the country, helped raise over $80,000, and two days after their online release had over 100,000 views.

In 2016 alone, they helped produce over thirty films and coordinated rapid response photography at over twenty events, including the Muslim Ban Airport Protests.

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