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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness

U.S. premiere, introduced by director Melody Gilbert

Part of Women with Vision 2007: Mirror Image

The authorities see them as a threat, and others just see them as mischievous thrill-seekers. In reality, urban explorers are simply a loosely knit group of ordinary people wishing to document and understand our deteriorating and forgotten urban history. Documentary filmmaker Melody Gilbert (A Life without Pain, Whole) first heard about this subculture through a story about six urban explorers in St. Paul who were arrested as suspected terrorists. Traveling from Minneapolis to Miami to Glasgow to Paris, Gilbert reveals an extraordinary underground world of individuals bonded by their innate sense of curiosity and adventure. “Urban Explorers is not a typical social justice documentary that sets out to change the world. In the end, I hope this film helps people see the world in which they live a little differently than they did before” (Melody Gilbert). 2006, U.S., video, 85 minutes.


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Additional support is provided by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.