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An American Ascent

Presented by Williams College Davis Center and Outing Club. Film followed by a talkback following with campus outdoor recreation enthusiasts and aspiring mountaineer/AT’22 graduate, Dragonsky.

Presented by Williams College Davis Center and Outing Club.

Film followed by a talkback following with campus outdoor recreation enthusiasts and aspiring mountaineer/AT’22 graduate, Dragonsky.

An American Ascent documents the first African American expedition to tackle Denali, North America’s highest peak and explores the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors.

As the United States transitions to a ‘minority majority’ nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of the 20,327ft Denali, nine African American climbers set out to bridge this ‘adventure gap’ – challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.

The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the worlds most iconic peaks.

Director: Andy Adkins, George Potter

Runtime: 69 minutes

Genre: Adventure, BIPOC, Documentary, Free

Year: 2014

Country: United States