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|Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America|
|Date||Wednesday November 18|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
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The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion at the end of the film.
MONUMENTAL: DAVID BROWER'S FIGHT FOR WILD AMERICA
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, this documentary documents the life of this outdoorsperson, 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. At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed David throughout his life: the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders. Seen through David’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 up, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we have failed to protect. And in period footage of David’s early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the Tenth Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps), Daivd Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.
Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street
$5 donations are accepted