Beyond the Wall - 10min
In spring 2016, the first
climbing gym was opened in Palestine as part of the Wadi Climbing project, to
help develop the Palestinian climbing community. Based in the West Bank city of
Ramallah and close to the nearby wall crossing point of Qalandiya to reach East
Jerusalem, these are places better known as flashpoints for Israeli/Palestinian
tensions. Primarily through the eyes of West Bank residents, Anas Askar and his
brother Urwah, the film takes a look at being a climber in Palestine and the
problems that impromptu roadblocks and illegal settlements can mean in order to
just reach the crag. Ultimately, irrespective of where we live the film
hopefully shows that to a lesser or greater degree the reasons why we climb are
the same. Filmmaker, Ray Wood, and writer, Ed Douglas, worked together on the
short film that Paul Difley put together in the edit room.
The Frozen Road - 24min
Shot and edited whilst cycling around the world, this short
film charts my winter journey into the Canadian Arctic as I completed my bike
ride up the American continent. Compelled by Jack London’s assertion, that ‘any
man who is a man can travel alone’, I sought an adventure of perfect solitude.
Yet, as I came to realise, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable
environment were a long way from the romantic images I’d held of this land. The
Frozen Road is an honest reflection on my solo trip; of the wonder, terror and
frustration I experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one
of the world's 'last great wildernesses'.
DugOut - 53min
Ben and James have been on
several 'adventures' together, from pulling a sofa across southern England to
swimming the length of a knee deep river in Dorset. Making films about their
trips has become a part of the journey. They wanted to build on these journeys
in their latest project but also make something about more than themselves - to
capture the beauty of the landscape, the people and the wildlife they
encountered would have to be more important than any distance or number of
miles they could travel.
It was with this
in mind that they came up with the idea of DugOut, an idea as simple as the
name suggests: they would travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an
indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe, then take that canoe on a journey.
The film covers
the two month trip, documenting their time in the Huaorani community as they
built a dugout canoe, then the journey downstream through Ecuador's Yasuni
region - one of the most biodiverse areas of the world.