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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival - PURPLE program

2h 0m Adventure, Documentary, Climbing, Nature 2023


JOY - 22 minutes In the extreme South-West of Uganda is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – a wild ecosystem drawn by the orography of three sleeping giants, the Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo volcanoes, which mark the border between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Joy is a female ranger and a mother who dedicates her days to protect the National Park and more specifically to watch over the Nyakagezi family, the only family of mountain gorillas that lives in its forests.

SWISSWAY TO HEAVEN - 30 minutes Switzerland is a true paradise for multi-pitch climbing and is where climber Cedric Lachat was born and raised. Through his unique sense of humor and unbridled enthusiasm, we experience the beauty and awe of five iconic peaks and ranges: the Eiger, Gastlosen, Wendenstöcke, Lauterbrunnen, and Rätikon.

FABRIC: HERITAGE - 10 minutes Embracing identity and tradition to empower future generations of Indigenous youth, Hawaiian surfer Mainei Kinimaka preserves ancestral tradition through stewardship of language and tradition.

BEAR LIKE - 55 minutes SPECIAL JURY MENTION Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes. Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.