The Return

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Largely unnoticed amidst vehicle traffic, industrial sites and construction, wild salmon are returning to their ancient spawning grounds in the city of Vancouver. After 80 years, people can now witness the autumn spectacle of these powerful swimmers fighting to reach the streams they hatched in. Filmed over many years, The Return takes us into enclaves of wilderness within the city.

Included in the 2021 touring collection.


  • Director: Marina Dodis

  • Producers: Lauren Weisler & Marina Dodis

  • Duration: 20min

  • Category: Short

  • Canada

Ages 8+

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Join filmmaker Marina Dodis and IWFF Artistic Director, Carrie Richer for a conversation about the making of this short film. This short film is evidence of an exceptional one-woman show - an incredible feat in itself. Although there is always more to the story and zMarina shares the behind-the-scenes happy accidents, intentional choices, and collaborations that made it what it is.