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Swim for the River

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  • Swim for the River

    In 2004, Christopher Swain braved whitewater, sewage, snapping turtles, hydroelectric dams, Homeland Security patrols, factory outfalls and chemical contamination to swim the entire length of the 315-mile Hudson River, from its source in the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. SWIM FOR THE RIVER links Swain's light-hearted commentary and incredible physical achievement with stories of the river, which begins in wilderness and ends in one of the nation's densest population centers. The documentary also introduces environmentalists, including folk singer Pete Seeger, who fight to protect the Hudson against a range of threats from industry, regulatory agencies and public indifference. [56 minutes]

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