A Plea for Refuge

Wanaka Time
11.00am, Sunday 27 June
Wanaka Session
Session 5
Wanaka Book Session
Queenstown Session

31 mins, Director Daniel Holmes, USA, NZ premiere. – NZMFF SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Two adventurous friends, Jeff Shapiro and Cody Tuttle, have a desire to experience one of the last, raw, and truly preserved wilderness areas on the North American continent. Through the attempt to hike and fly paragliders across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern Brooks Range of Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, they gain a necessary and visceral connection with the importance of fiercely protecting its nature. During the adventure, their perspectives on friendship, risk and the importance of the word wilderness evolve, creating memories to last for lifetimes; lifetimes that prove to not only to be finite, but worth sharing if the result is to maintain this special landscape, as it is, for generations to come.