Date: 3/12/08 7:00 pm
Produced by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Presented by: Holcim and Switzerland Tourism
The Smithsonian Associates & Embassy of Switzerland
An IMAX Film
THE ALPS (USA, 2007, 44 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere One of the most magnificent mountain ranges on the planet, the Alps, stretching 500 miles across Europe, are home to world-famous peaks—the Matterhorn, the Eiger and the Jungfrau—and to a unique alpine way of life. Featuring spectacular giant-screen footage, this film celebrates the pristine beauty of these grand mountainous locales and the spirit of the people who call them home. Attracting an annual pilgrimage of climbers and outdoorsmen, these breathtaking mountains serve as the setting for an adventure highlighting the personal challenge of writer and mountaineer John Harlin III. He has come to Switzerland for the expedition of his lifetime: an attempt to climb the much-feared North Face of the Eiger forty years after the same mountains claimed the life of his famous climbing legend father. Accompanying him on this journey are renowned European climbers Robert and Daniela Jasper who together help John make history in his father’s memory. Also joining the adventure are Professor Bruno Messerli, an expert on the physical sciences and ecology of the Alps, and avalanche expert Christine Pielmeier, whose work reveals unique aspects of alpine life and amazing achievements that enable more than 20 million people to live in this alpine terrain today. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism.
Introduced by H.E. Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador of Switzerland. Discussion with writer and mountaineer John Harlin III.
Tickets required. TSA Resident Members, $10; Senior Members, $9; Gen. Admission, $13; Children under 10, $7. Please call 202-357-3030 or register online at www.residentassociates.org.
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