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Special Jury Mention for ASCENDING AFGHANISTAN at BANFF

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We’re honored and thrilled that ASCENDING AFGHANISTAN has received special jury mention at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival.

“A film that reminds us how trivial our aspirations and achievements are. A film that humbles us. The jury unanimously agreed that this powerful film could not go unrecognized… it is a reminder of how far we still have to go in the journey to make this a just and equal planet for all, and it casts a new light on the unexpected role mountain sports can play in those efforts.”

— Bruce Kirkby, jury member.

ASCENDING AFGHANISTAN at BANFF

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We’re excited to announce that ASCENDING AFGHANISTAN, our collaboration with VICE, will be in competition at the Banff Mountain FIlm Festival this fall. Tickets available here. The film follows a team of 13 young Afghan climbers set out to make history as the first women in the country to summit the Afghan mountain peak of Mir Samir. The team embarked on a 16-day-long expedition against the advice of their elders in an attempt to change the country's narrative as one of the most dangerous places for women in the world. 

ASCENDING AFGHANISTAN: RISING WOMEN

ASCENDING AFGNHANISTAN (our latest film edit for VICE) follows a team of 13 young Afghan climbers set out to make history as the first women in the country to summit the Afghan mountain peak of Mir Samir. The team embarked on a 16-day-long expedition against the advice of their elders in an attempt to change the country's narrative as one of the most dangerous places for women in the world. 

Disaster Control

In 1966, an American Air Force bomber exploded in mid-air, scattering four hydrogen bombs across the Spanish countryside. Today, many of the 1600 airmen who were tasked with finding the bombs and executing the cleanup – without any protection against radiation - are facing dire health problems they believe were caused by exposure. In our latest collaboration with the New York Times, we edited this piece for their investigation.

Madeline's Story

It's hard to understand the human scale of politics, but one Oakland teenager gets straight to the heart of the immigration issue in this piece we collaborated on with KQED.