Snowboard mountaineer and Zeal Optics Ambassador Rafael Pease grinned wide in front of a full theater in Golden, Colorado, where his film "Yūgen" was shown for the first time on Thursday.
The full-length film captures three years of Pease's travels in Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Chile, Canada, and other remote and unseen corners of the world. In those places, the film crew captured Pease shredding from the tops of mountains and interacting with the legendary people in the local communities—all to tell the story of the connection mountaineers and environmentalists share with the natural world.
From stunning footage of wildlife and landscapes to captivating stories from natives to solemn shots of trash floating in water, expect to walk away with an even better understanding of the value in protecting nature and wild places. (Also expect subtitles because the documentary features nine different languages.)
"Yūgen" is showing next in Denver on Oct. 4 and ends in Leavenworth, Washington, on Nov. 16. Find out here if there's a showing in your area.