An American Ascent
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. Nine climbers set out on the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (previously known as Mount McKinley), the continent’s highest peak, on the hundredth anniversary of its first summit. Their historic multi-week adventure, depicted in An American Ascent, challenges entrenched and outdated notions of racial identity and the environment, changing the way we think about our great American parks and who uses them.
* Introduction by Elwood York, Wilderness Program Leader, U.S. Forest Service. Discussion with producer George Potter and film subject Tyrhee Moore follows screening.