This important film about intersectionality, representation and finding belonging in the outdoors, challenges the preconceived notions that some have about adventuring with a disability. Through his infectious, never-quit attitude, Vasu highlights that his outdoor pursuits are not about overcoming disability, but rather it’s about bringing awareness to the barriers faced by members of various marginalized communities so that the outdoors can be made more accessible for all. Through following his attempt to ski “The Skillet” on Mt Moran, Vasu shows us that no matter where you come from and what barriers you may have faced in the past, there is a place for everyone to play in the outdoors.
The VIMFF Jury is proud to present “Ascend: Reframing disability in the outdoors”, directed by Faith E. Briggs, with a Special Jury Mention.
— Ryan Wilkes