The wait is almost over: the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop is this weekend

I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that’s different than you imagine it.

Alex Winter

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manger

Join us this week for the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop on Friday and Saturday, and join us for award-winning films that will expose you to mountain cultures from around the world!

This festival will take you on twenty excellent adventures where you can experience heart-stopping exhilaration of free-skiing down mountains, the thrill of solo kayaking in the Indian Himalaya, the discoveries that come from BASE jumping in Mexico, and the endurance it takes to strive every day to be better than you were the day before as an ultrarunner and beyond. And that’s all on Friday!

Each year, Rocky Mountain Wild and the San Juan Citizens Alliance team up to host the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Durango. Each night of high action, mountain adventure documentaries will feature a different line up of films.

In honor of the current own voices movement, we wanted to highlight some of the films that expose us to different marginalized identities, struggles, cultures, and ideas that we might not normally see on the big screen, told from the perspectives of the people living them.

Friday Highlights

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado, almost twenty years ago, it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned, and they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized. Now, they’re at the very heart and soul of the community.

Check out the trailer for Life of Pie below and be sure to get your tickets for Friday’s showing to see this documentary.

As a rancher growing up in the rugged northeast corner of the Navajo Nation with no electricity or running water, Eli Neztsosie learned through years of work what it meant to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on these same skills as an ultrarunner – striving, every day, in his words, to be better than he was the day before.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to get your Friday tickets to see Eli, this incredible documentary!

Saturday Highlights

Julio Hancco is a guardian of biodiversity, critical to the survival of humanity. He represents a people, a culture, and a way of life that is being lost to modernization. Will their culture survive? Or will it be lost with the last Potato King?

Check out the trailer below for Opening the Earth: The Potato King and get your Saturday tickets to see this documentary!

The Long River Home is a documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Over a 14 day river trip, they battle more than 80 powerful rapids, screaming directions to Lonnie the whole way. Always looming downstream roars Lava Falls, the largest rapid of them all. Throughout the journey they remember their past experiences and learn that negotiating the rapids of life is as simple as forming a team, kicking out in the current, and finding a line through the chaos.

Check out the preview below and get your Saturday tickets to see this documentary!

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors.

A huge thank you to our sponsors: Pine Needle MountaineeringAdventure Pro MagazineAlpine BankBackcountry ExperienceOspreyRochester Hotel & BarSolarWorksTailwindZia Taqueria.

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