Yūgen is a 3-year borderless mountain-based documentary film that explores the connection we as mountaineers and environmentalists share with the natural world. Following the journey of snowboard mountaineer Rafael Pease and crew as they travel throughout the corners of the world, trudging gear into unseen locations the crew works tirelessly to capture the true essence of being one with the mountain. Experiencing the most unique untold stories of the ecological conscious that resides deep in the soul of the mountains, told through the perspective of legendary humans who coincide in these very places.

  • Rafael Pease
  • Rafael Pease
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Adventure, action sports, documentary, environmental, cultural, experimental, mountaineering, snowboarding
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    43,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Chile, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, United States
  • Language:
    English, Japanese, Other, Russian, Spanish
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Director Biography - Rafael Pease

Rafael Pease is a first time filmmaker, with absolutely zero background in the film industry. He went to school to become an ecologist while simultaneously pursuing a career as a professional snowboard mountaineer. Deciding to mix all his passions he created Yūgen, the first film of his Connections Movement production company.

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