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About An American Ascent

An American Ascent is a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to climb North America's highest peak, Denali. By taking on the grueling, 20,310 foot peak of the continent’s biggest mountain, nine African-American climbers set out to build a legacy of inclusion in the outdoor/adventure community. 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 world’s most iconic peaks. [69 min; documentary; English]

A Q&A with IU Outdoor Adventures Senior Assistant Director Hannah McConnell and student trip leaders will follow the screening.

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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