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Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
A Film by Kelly Duane

80 minutes, color & b/w, English, 2005

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From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he fought to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.

The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication not only saved the Grand Canyon but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.

Seen through Brower’s own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here - a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we’ve failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower’s early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps), Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.

Featuring music by The Beachwood Sparks, Fruit Bats, Yo La Tengo and more.

2009 Emmy Award Nominee


"He accomplished more through the force of one man’s will than any of his breed since John Muir." - Los Angeles Times

"An inspiring testament to the power of the individual." - Mother Jones

"Hauntingly beautiful. Terrific music!" - Seattle Times

"Stylish and substantial. Richly cinematic!" - Seattle Times

Recommended Reading

Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Save the Earth by David Brower

First Along the River: A Brief History of the U.S. Environmental Movement by Benjamin Kline

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau by Bill McKibben

Ecological Intelligence: Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature by Ian McCallum

Disc Features

• Short films by David Brower: Two Yosemites & Shiprock
• Interview with Director Kelly Duane
• Interview with former Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall
• About the Music of Monumental
• Biographies

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