Braided with the Current
Discussion Questions

  1. The film starts with a quote from Scott Russell Sanders: “Chances are, your own life and the history of your place are braided with the current of a river.” What river is “braided” into your life and community—and how?
  2. Does it surprise you to see the Miller family and their friends swimming in the White River? Why or why not?
  3. A major theme of this film is the idea that the perspective of the White River doesn’t match the reality of it. Have you seen this to be the case? What’s the general perspective people have about the White River, and how do you think that impacts its health?
  4. Neal Bennett, an environmental scientist, compares Indiana’s streams and rivers to the Rocky Mountains or the ocean. What point do you think he’s trying to make with this comparison? Does it surprise you? Do you agree?
  5. Jason Donati, in his work as an environmental educator, says the goal is to make the White River “our front yard.” What do you think he means? How, if at all, would this change in mindset have a positive impact on the river?
  6. Later Jason says, “Don’t sit and complain about an issue. Actually, do something about it.” Have you ever taken action on an issue that you care deeply about? What motivated you? Have you persuaded others to get involved, and if so, how did you convince them?
  7. Jason points out that his efforts to clean up the White River are motivated by both a relationship to the earth and to people. If you feel inspired to care for nature, which relationship drives you? Do you think the environmental movement talks enough about the “people” side of the equation?