At the Road Less Traveled, we aspire to push the limits of what we believe is possible. We strive to build self-confidence and challenge our participants to forge connections with natural spaces and communities across the globe.
With awards season back upon us, we thought we’d take a moment to share some of the short films and documentaries that have inspired us to achieve the extraordinary, reverse environmental ills, forge international friendships, and to seek joy in adventuring.
1. Blood Road
Named as a winner at the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Blood Road is an “epic demonstration of human potential.” The film follows the 1,200 mile journey of ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese rider partner Huyen Nguyen as they bike the Ho Chi Minh trail through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Throughout the ride, Rusch peddles towards the location where her father, a former US Air Force Pilot, lost his life in the war. The compelling narrative results in a journey of healing, forgiveness, and recovery.
Bees are important to us at RLT. We have 3 hives of honeybees on our roof and are dedicated to preserving these wild and beautiful creatures (in addition to our global food supply!). But with so much attention focused on honeybees, someone has to advocate for the other 4,000 species of North American bees. This award winning 19-minute film, follows natural history photographer Clay Bolt his multi-year journey to document our native bees and search for the elusive Rusty-patched bee.
Directed by Turkish-Born Filmmaker, Ceyda Torun, this independent film is a must see for pet-lovers, world travelers, and history buffs alike. Filmed from the perspective of 7 Turkish street cats, Kedi explores the deeply-rooted culture of Istanbul through the lens of the complex relationship humans and cats have shared since the Ottoman Empire. This incredible documentary is an ode to the therapeutic power of pets as well as the cultural and urban beats of Istanbul.
4. Island Earth
This thought-provoking documentary follows the story of a young Hawaiian scientist as he grapples with the global food crisis. Using his home state as a case study, Cyprus explores the complex dichotomy between science and tradition in Hawaii. Meeting with Hawaiian elders and contrasting their traditional agricultural methods with the biotech and GMO-producing companies that now call Hawaii home, Cyprus makes a case for how to take back control of our food system.
This PBS special documents the journey of three friends as they follow the footsteps of a black bear across the Florida Wilderness. Embarking on a 1,000 mile journey, the trio hikes, paddles, and bikes through Florida’s vast and fragile wildlife corridor, navigating alligators and everglade wildlife along the way. The stunning visuals alone are enough to convince you to appreciate our sunshine state!
Winner of the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2017, Becoming Who I Was, follows the journey of Padma Angdu, a ten year old boy who is also the reincarnate of a high Tibetan Lama from Ladakh, India. This coming of age film, chronicles the immense burdens of poverty, political upheaval and extreme geography that Padma faces as he balances claiming his destiny with being a 10-year old on the Tibetan plateau.
This one is pure joy. Northbound is a short film about skateboarding on sand. It follows four urban skaters as they navigate the rugged elements on the beaches of Norway, pop some ollies, and pay homage to the wild Norwegian Coast. Definitely worth a watch.
Highly regarded by the New Yorker, and narrated by none other than David Attenburough, the second edition of Blue Planet delivers an exquisite glimpse at the world beneath the waves. From Sperm whales to Cuttlefish, this family-friendly series explores the diversity of aquatic life and discusses ways to protect these incredible species.
Inspiration is important! Join us at RLT as we strive to push the limits of what we think is possible, gain perspective, address environmental ills, and build self-confidence in wild and scenic places across the globe.