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film by BEN DAITZ

The peace process between environmentalists, ranchers, and the U.S. Forest Service in the toughest county in the West.

Catron County, New Mexico -- the "toughest county in the West" -- has been at the center of a struggle between ranchers, loggers, environmentalists, and the U.S. Forest Service over the management of federal land.


The only physician in the county, concerned about the health of his community, began a process of dialogue among citizens. This is a story of how health was used as a catalyst to make peace.

Narrated by Bob Edwards
Documentary: 55 minutes Released: 2000

"A wonderful excellent resource to facilitate public dialogue."s the most persuasive case I’ve seen for lifting federal bans and allowing more comprehensive research on the medical importance of marijuana."

Paul Nathanson, Director,

The Institute of Public Law, Univ. of New Mexico School of Law

"I liked the film's attention to the long, slow process of real conflict transformation. No quick fixes here, but people struggling...but above all, listening to each other and to the land to change themselves and transform their problem. It was of special interest to me as a health worker exploring the possibilities of health as bridge to peace."

Joanna Santa Barbara,

Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University

"Covers a large stretch of psychic and scenic ground. Daitz keeps a judicious balance as he follows one community's attempt to negotiate some difficult terrain and to begin to reconcile."

Taos Talking Picture Festival Program

"A superbly crafted film showing how a community moved from destructive clash to productive communication."

Stephen Littlejohn,

President, Public Dialogue Consortium

"A nicely documented glimpse at the complexities of western land management -- and also a surprising account of a successful community-level compromise between resolutely opposed antagonists."

Timothy McGettigan,

University of Southern Colorado


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