In an almost-forgotten pocket of southern Jordan, you’ll find a vast desert of soaring sandstone monoliths, cliffs and walls that rivals the Colorado Plateau in both beauty and climbing potential. Welcome to Wadi Rum. Here, two Israeli climbers have teamed up with a Bedouin friend to establish an epic route in hopes of attracting international tourists to this desert gem. What ensues is a lesson in crossing cultures, building unlikely friendships and connecting over a shared passion for adventure, climbing and wild rock.
No longer is running just a sport for middle-class, white males who look like they belong on the cover of Runner’s World. Fueled by social media, informal and welcoming gatherings of running clubs or “crews” have sprung up all over the world and are growing in popularity. Through its inclusiveness, running has become the great democratizer. To the beat of a thumping soundtrack, The Movement asks: What if we were able to harness the incredible sense of unity running provides? What could we fix if running united a city, a country or the world?
Adam Ondra is the best climber in the world, a mantle he has earned by doing the unthinkable. This wunderkind from the Czech Republic is almost freakish in his domination of the sport’s disciplines — bouldering, sport climbing, big-wall climbing and competition climbing. Along with making the second free ascent of the Dawn Wall, he became the youngest climber to send a 5.14D at the age of 13, and won both the Bouldering World Championship and Lead Championship in the same year. But what raised the most eyebrows is that Ondra established not one, but two new grades in the world of sport climbing — a feat almost unfathomable in its difficulty. Where do you even go from there? This feature film follows Ondra as he chases that question down, giving viewers a glimpse into the mind of an athlete who burns with a crazy, obsessive and cerebral drive that pushes him to envision, and accomplish, the impossible.