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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since John Muir had an American fought so hard, or been more successful, in protecting our natural heritage.

With MONUMENTAL, director Kelly Duane explores the dramatic and lyrical story of Brower and his colleagues' unrelenting campaigns - fought through lobbying, art, and hard-hitting advertising - to protect and establish some of our most treasured National Parks. At the center of the film are the very themes that absorbed Brower throughout his life: the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders.

Using primarily Brower's own footage, MONUMENTAL tells the story of a true American legend, an artist, a publisher, a filmmaker and a zealous crusader for the cause of environmentalism.

Brower was the first executive director of the Sierra Club, and later founded both Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute.