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The Climbers Session: Saturday 15th February, 2pm start
The EMFF opens with the Climbers Session, which is the very heart of the festival. The session is a wee bit different this year. Instead of having a guest speaker, we’ve gathered the 3 biggest climbing films of the year and brought them together for this must-see session. We’ll screen 2 films (over 1 hour), then take a short break, before we enjoy a feature-length finale!
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Undiscovered (35 mins)
For the past 25 years, Dave MacLeod has been obsessed with exploring and climbing new routes. The film follows Dave as he travels to some of the remotest, most scenic corners of Scotland in search of unclimbed rock.
Featuring a hidden glen with over 1,000 new routes to do, Scotland’s hardest boulder problem, and multi-pitch trad climbing on the Isle of Harris, the film culminates with a voyage to the island archipelago of St Kilda, one of Britain’s remotest points, onboard Bob Shepton’s boat the Dodo’s Delight.
We Need to Talk About Kev (25 mins)
Professional rock climber Kev Shields has been faced with multiple challenges in his life – disability to his hand from birth, epilepsy, career changing injury and struggles with depression. This insightful documentary charts Kev’s progress in the face of all life can throw at him, and reveals his empathetic outlook on life.
Feature Film: Climbing Blind (57 mins)
You may have seen films with blind climbers before. Not like this one. The difference is the word ‘lead‘.
Jesse Dufton has Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retina’s cells. By the time he was 30, his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2 % field of view.
Despite his devastating condition, Jesse attempts to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead – that’s right, LEAD – of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Orkney.
Finalist: Donald Tiso Best Film Award