The Atlantic salmon’s story has been interwoven with our own for over 10,000 years, marking its destiny forever. Salmon has awakened the attention of human beings since time immemorial, since it even appears in the first cave paintings alongside bison, horses and reindeer, as proof of its importance since prehistory. After centuries of persecution and habitat-destruction, these magnificent animals are now hanging on in only one third of the rivers they once occupied. Meanwhile, in the Iberian Peninsula, the southern limit of its historic distribution, some salmons are still hanging on in a few rivers as living reminders of the last ice age, such as capercaillers and brown bears. This documentary takes us stage by stage through its incredible life-cycle and describes its relation with humankind from prehistory to the present day. We also want to draw attention to the critical situation this species is going through, and our responsibility to change our attitude and try to avoid its extinction.
The 10th annual WCFF in New York, NY will be a virtual event October 1-31. This is due to COVID-19 restrictions. New York State and the City of New York have not allowed movie theaters to reopen. Each day of the virtual festival will have LiveChats where the audience can interact with filmmakers, conservationists and scientists.