Free Solo
2018
****
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
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Alex Honnold is a rock climber best known for free soloing, that is, climbing without protective equipment. This captivating and beautifully shot documentary follows the preparation and eventual attempt to be the first to ascend the 975 m face of the El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Honnold and his girlfriend, climbing colleagues, and camera crew must weigh the risks, which are enormous. One small slip and he falls to his death in front of the cameras. Academy Award winner for best documentary.