Ascending Afghanistan

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From hundreds of entries submitted to the Festival, join us for the film screening of Space to Explore, Facing Sunrise, and Ascending Afghanistan.

Space to Explore
Natalie Panek has spent her life focused on her biggest dream – to be the first to set foot on another planet. In the sky high arches and pinnacles, breathtaking views, and a canopy of stars in Moab, Utah it's easy to believe that all the adventure you need is right here on earth.

Facing Sunrise
While dealing with one of the darkest times of her life, Azzah overhears a conversation around the question, “what do you want to do before you die?” Inspired and energized, she rushes home and begins her bucket list.

Ascending Afghanistan
Follow the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes amongst their country, culture and families.  Warning: contains graphic violent content, we recommend that viewers be over the age of 13.  

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*in person attendance

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Image from the film Facing Sunrise

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Image from the film Ascending Afghanistan

Ascending Afghanistan

49 Mins

Follow the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes amongst their country, culture and families.

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NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
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Advisory: 
Warning: contains graphic violent content, we recommend that viewers be over the age of 13.