We Will Be Back

Fri Feb 21, 2014 – 2:00 pm — Domenico’s  Tickets
Sun Feb 23, 2014 – 2:00 pm — Hendricks Center for the Arts  Tickets

We Will Be Back
The Lake Delhi Story

We Will Be Back movie poster
Category:  Independent / Documentary
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  73 min.
Director:  Charles Cunliffe
Producer:  Mary Cunliffe




Filmmaker AttendingFrom the early days before there was a lake Delhi, when one of the first hydro electric dams in Iowa was built to provide energy, it would provide much more. It would become a place where families would gather for generations, sharing traditions and memories of family time on the lake together. From the early cabins of Campo Delhi and Freddy’s beach, to her beautiful 18 miles of shoreline, they will remember these days until the day the die and little else will mean as much to them.

The people of the lake have been enjoying a tradition of ‘initiating ‘ people to Lake Delhi for over 50 years. There is a place called Injun Joe, which is a large Rock that juts out over the water, some 20 feet above the surface. People climb up to the top to jump but when they get to the top it looks allot farther from atop the rock then it does looking up from the boat. This is what separates the people of Lake Delhi from so many others, because once you climb up, it is much more dangerous to climb down again, so almost everyone, although many stall for quite some time, eventual y jump. Once you have jumped you are a part of Lake Delhi.

It is with that same determination that the people of the lake face the obstacle of getting there lake back after it’s complete destruction in 2010. So when you could go by Injun Joe and see some little kid standing up there, trying to get the nerve to jump, that’s us, we are all up there looking down together, we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but we are determined that no matter what, they will be back!

On July 23rd 2010, in excess of ten inches of rain fell on the Lake Delhi Iowa watershed overwhelming the surrounding area and breaching the dam at Lake Delhi. The breach emptied the lake in a matter of just a few hours, washing away people’s boats, docks, personal property and a way of life enjoyed by generations who lived on and played on her shorelines.

This is a story about a lake, about a flood, but it is much more than that. This is a story about a way of life, at risk now unless we all pull together and determine that no matter what, we will be back.

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