Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Michiel Thomas
USA, 2020, 63m
Scaling mountains and surviving the wilderness deliver life-changing outcomes for Clifford, Ahmani, and Nicholas, three under-served youth participants at Wilderness Works, an Atlanta-based non-profit intervention program launched in 1997 and designed to provide the impoverished with enriching outdoor experiences. When founder and director Bill Mickler, a native Floridian from Miami Beach and himself an orphan, takes the three at-risk boys on a backpacking, climbing, and camping trek in Colorado, the touching and often humorous film invites us to travel along and bear witness as the boys confront the natural environment along with physical and mental challenges. Breathtaking cinematography combines with inspiring coming-of-age transformations as the teenagers develop intellectually and emotionally. The boys’ experiences reflect the mission of the Atlanta organization that impacts the entire community by forging partnerships and bringing everyone together in service of children—an encouraging model for any locality.
A beautifully shot and warmly made look at married entomologists immersed in all things insect related. When life forces begin to transform their circumstances, the couple must grapple with change.