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“SOMOS,” directed by Rafael Pease, is narrated in Spanish with English subtitles and premiers in Bozeman on Nov. 9

By Julia Barton DIGITAL PRODUCER

BOZEMAN—In his newest quick movie, director and athlete Rafael Pease opted out of the normal construction of ski and snowboard motion pictures by situating the mountains as the primary focus fairly than the folks exploring them. “SOMOS” is narrated by distant Alaskan mountains, and on this story, the mountains converse Spanish.

Whereas Pease intends to make “SOMOS” out there at no cost streaming later down the road, the movie is ready to debut on the Rialto in Bozeman on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Pease, a Chilean-Cuban athlete, filmmaker and activist, has been making movies since 2015 as an outlet for sharing environmental info with the general public. For this challenge, Pease needed the mountains to do the speaking.

Though the movie options Pease and Argentinian snowboarder Iñaki Odriozola mountaineering and using, Pease stated: “We’re not protagonists. We’re simply figures in it… it’s [from] the attitude of nature and the way she views us.”

Rafael Pease splits his time between Alaska and Chile, chasing the winter and spring seasons between hemispheres. PHOTO BY JANA ROGERS / CONNECTIONS MOVEMENT

Viewers of ski and snowboard movies are used to seeing spectacular, lovely, snow-covered landscapes, however the narratives are too usually framed as athletes conquering the mountains fairly than studying to dwell harmoniously with them. The time period “somos” in Spanish interprets to “we’re.”

Pease hopes that by viewing his movies, folks might be impressed to take motion to guard mountains as a substitute of constant to overcome them.

“You may love issues to demise, and if you happen to don’t know what your impacts are—or what the impacts of larger industries are—on the setting, then you definately’re simply going to be complacent,” Pease stated.

By making the movie’s narration in Spanish, Pease paid homage to his roots whereas additionally working to make the movie extra accessible to Hispanic audiences.

“I really feel like all of the ski and snowboard motion pictures I’ve seen come out of the states, that folks from all world wide watch, are all in English and it’s all predominantly Individuals within the movies who look and converse the identical,” Pease stated.

Whereas studying subtitles throughout a ski movie isn’t precisely what English-speakers in America usually count on, “SOMOS” presents a brand new expertise and creates visibility for the mountains, Spanish-speaking populations and non-American athletes.

Within the coming months, Pease intends to have the subtitles translated into many various languages and make the movie simply accessible digitally the world over.

“My purpose with all of the movies I’ve made is to have the biggest visibility potential,” Pease stated. “If we maintain the place of being a journalist or a filmmaker, or no matter it’s, then we should do it proper.”

“SOMOS” will premiere on the Rialto as a part of Earn Your Turns, an occasion that includes a number of backcountry-inspired snowboarding quick movies.

Rafael Pease and Iñaki Odriozola hyperlink turns down a steep, crisp mountain face. PHOTO BY JESSE LEVINE / CONNECTIONS MOVEMENT

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