Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
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The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication and activism not only saved the Grand Canyon (among other accomplishments) but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.
Seen through Brower's own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here-- a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we've failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower's early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps).
If you've ever wondered what a single person can do against the relentless onslaught of development, wait until you see the charismatic and enigmatic Brower push the 1964 Wilderness Act through Congress, and then go on to save the Grand Canyon from damming and help create Redwoods National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore. Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.
He has accomplished more through the force of one man's will than any of his breed since John Muir. --The Los Angeles Times
Mr. Brower was widely regarded as one of the most articulate and powerful conservationists of the 20th Century. --The New York Times
- Short films by David Brower: "Two Yosemites" & "Shiprock"
- Interview with director Kelly Duane
- Interview with former Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall
- About the music of Monumental
- Trailer gallery
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Monumental depicts the personal history and growth of David Brower as the preeminent environmentalist of the 20th century. Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Theodora A. Allison
I eagerly anticipated this movie and am profoundly disappointed.
Dave and Anne Brower were friends of my family, so I have some knowledge of them as people. Read more