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Hiking in Marin, running through the Presidio, surfing at Ocean Beach: we are so lucky to have beautiful wilderness right here on our doorstep in San Francisco. And best of all, it doesn't cost a dime.

With the festival just round the corner and National Parks Week coming up, we’ve been reflecting on this year’s theme - Keep It Wild - and how the films we’re showing inspire us to do our bit to protect our environment. It’s about making sure these green spaces are still there to be enjoyed by generations to come. It’s also about showing that the great outdoors is there for everyone to enjoy, something the following films showcase so well:

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In our evening of Surf Shorts, meet the women around the world who are creating a new surf culture. They include Into the Sea (pictured left), about three women surfers and their belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, and La Maestra, which profiles Mayra Aguilar, a young teacher in Baja, Mexico, who decides to follow her own path by becoming the first Mexican woman in her area to surf. See both on Friday, April 15 at 9pm and buy tickets here.

In Jumbo Wild, take a tour of Jumbo Valley, located deep in the wilds of British Columbia, and long revered for its spiritual significance and beauty. The Valley is a crucial international wildlife corridor, one of only two remaining areas in North America where Grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the US.

To the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qata'muk, home of the Grizzly bear spirit. For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort. After 24 years of opposition, what more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good? Get tickets for the screening on Friday April 15th at 6.30pm here.

If snowy peaks and crampons are more your thing, take a look at An American Ascent (pictured below). Nine African Americans set out to change the face of the outdoors by taking on America's highest peak: Denali. There has never been an expedition like this before.

They know a staggering number of people of color do not consider the outdoors as a place for them and Expedition Denali plans to prove these adventures are for everyone. Their goal is not only to summit, but to inspire a new generation to get outside and become stewards of our wild places.

As we mark the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, this is an insider's view of adventurers' motivations and reactions as they face a grueling adventure on the continent's biggest mountain.

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Finally, we have a collection of Keep It Wild shorts showing on Sunday, April 17 at 1pm. These wild stories venture into our magnificent outdoor spaces. As part of this year’s National Park Service Centennial celebrations, this collection of short films brings you a new look at the people protecting our wild spaces and the landscapes that inspire them.

Find out more about this year's Festival here.

 

 

Debbie Chisholm, Green Film Fest Communications Coordinator