Get inspired, learn something new, and be entertained this weekend with these five documentaries by Summit Instructors!

  1. Nigerians Fight to Protect the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal

Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammals in the world. As the four Asian species of pangolins have dwindled, poachers are increasingly turning to the African species to supply the trade. In this short film, meet the bold Nigerians who are fighting to protect this gentle and vulnerable creature.

Film by Summit Instructor Katie Schuler! 

2) A Trout With Feathers 

In the upper reaches of North America’s watersheds, one will find a charismatic chunky gray bird dipping and diving underwater in clear, fast-flowing streams. This bird is called the American dipper and is North America’s only aquatic songbird. Photographer and conservationist Mike Forsberg fell in love with the American dipper on a college fishing trip. After learning about these birds and their unique behaviors of dipping and diving underwater, he set out on a mission to document their natural history. This included photographing their behavior above water and below. This film follows Mike on his quest to photograph the American dipper diving underwater in the Poudre River in Colorado and will introduce you to lifelong birder, retired school teacher, and ex-Harley rider Steve Den who helps Mike along the way.

Film by Summit Instructor Mariah Lundgren and featuring Instructor Mike Forsberg!

3) Follow the Water 

Follow the Water is an adventure story with an environmental message. Traveling by bike, on foot and in a canoe, photographer Mike Forsberg and filmmaker Peter Stegen follow a mythical drop of water 1,300 miles through three states. Using iPhones, Go-Pros and underwater cameras they share how it feels to get close to the flow of the water — to taste it, touch it, and struggle to understand it.

By Summit Instructors Mariah Lundgren and Mike Forsberg! View the full film here

4) Deer 139

Three bold women test their endurance and wits as they brave the formidable, migratory journey of a pregnant, scrawny doe.

By Summit Instructor Morgan Heim! View the full film here

5) Ay Mariposa 

A documentary film about two women and a rare community of butterflies standing on the front lines in a battle against the US-Mexico border wall. 

Film by Summit Instructor Morgan Heim! Watch the full film here

Feeling inspired to create your own documentary? Learn from these incredible instructors at the Nature and Conservation workshop or through a 1:1 Summit Session! 

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