Adventure Uncovered
Published on 18th November 2019
5 min read

Returning to Kendal for the second year running, we embraced this year’s theme of ‘openness’ by squeezing in two hilltop hikes, a scenic tarn swim and hanging out with old faces and new - making the most of a wonderful weekend

With over 100 films to see this year, we didn’t manage to see them all. Blame an equally amazing program of 61 Q&As and talks, and 2 after-parties. Of the films we did see, these six stood out from a diverse, inspiring collection.

Hurdle

As the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories approached its 50th year, Hurdle reveals an important and intimate story emerging from the hearts and actions of Palestinian youth. The new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected and inspiring way. Hurdle’s protagonists, Sami and Mohammad, teach the creative practices of parkour and photography to their communities as a means to overcome personal and political obstacles.
*Parkour/Culture

 

The Movement

The Movement is a high-energy ride that carries us through the intersection of running and culture today, with a look toward where it’s going tomorrow. Misfits, punks and others far outside the mainstream athlete mould have been gathering into run ‘crews’ that take to the streets in defiance.
*Running/Social Impact

 

Little Miss Sumo

Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change Japan's national sport forever.
*Sumo Wrestling/Culture

 

Limitless

‘Limitless’ chronicles the story of Jezza Williams, from life as a rogue adventurer to a life-changing accident that left him a C5 tetraplegic. Positivity bursts from every fibre of his being. He’s been to some dark, wild places yet it seems the journey is just beginning. He now runs an inclusive adventure tourism business (Making Trax)  whose mission is to make adventure sports accessible to all.
*Adventure Sports/Adaptive

 

Thabang

An inspiring story about Thabang Madiba, a South African trail runner who finds a way out of poverty through dedication and passion for running. From his roots in Ga-Rankuwa township near Pretoria without a mountain in sight, he wins the South African Trail Running Championships and became the first Black South African to represent his country on the international stage.
*Running/Social Change

 

Life of Pie

A story of about pizza and bikes, two mountain bikers show how the combination, in their conservative community, can fix anything!
*Bike/Social Change

One thing’s for sure, the inspirational storytelling and motivating imagery of people, planet and action has got us geared up for our very own Adventure Uncovered Film Festival line-up next February-June, 2020. 

  • Film entries are still open until 30th November, enter yours here.