Monumental

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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since John Muir had an American fought with such tenacity, or been more successful, in protecting our natural heritage. His fiery dedication and skillful activism transformed the Sierra Club and brought the environmental movement into the public conscious.

Monumental explores the dramatic and inspiring story of Brower's campaigns to protect and establish some of our most treasured national parks. At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed Brower throughout his life and work with the Sierra Club: the threatened beauty of the American landscape, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders from the encroachment of progress.

Monumental weaves together Brower's vivid 16-mm archival wilderness footage, photographic images from well-recognized artists, and interviews with leading conservationists, photographers, historians, curators, politicians, as well as Brower's family, friends, and colleagues. Monumental tells the story of a true American legend, an artist, a publisher, a filmmaker, and a zealous crusader for the cause of environmentalism.

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