Connections Movement
P.O. Box 316, Girdwood, AK, 99597,


2018 / 55 min 24 sec


Yūgen is a three-year borderless documentary that explores the relationship mountaineers and environmentalists share with the natural world. Follow snowboard-mountaineer Rafael Pease and crew as they navigate remote ranges in search of connection. Interwoven with stories of ecological consciousness, told by the people who depend on and steward these wild places, this film captures the raw essence of being one with the mountains.


Run Time: 55 minutes 24 seconds

Filmed: 2015-2017

Release: 2018

Filming Locations: Chile, United States, Canada, Japan, Kyrgyzstan

Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Kyrgyz, Russian, Mapudungun

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Macedonian, Polish, Italian, Bulgarian


Produced & Directed: Rafael Pease

Principal Cinematography: Alvaro Zurita, Seth Gillis, Jesse Levine, Jasper Gibson, Eric Parker, Nathan Starzynski

Additional Cinematography: Sebastian Hasbun, John Muirhead, Alex Neuschafer, Tamo Campos, Peter Wojnar, Rafael Pease

Aerial Cinematography: Seth Gillis, Erich Parker, Summit Aerial Media

Photography: Jesse Levine, Alvaro Zurita, Jasper Gibson, Eric Parker, Nathan Staryznski, Seth Gillis

Editor: Sebastian Hasbun

Assistant Editor: Rafael Pease

Original Music: Ron Fearing – Saamaahs

Additional Music: Mamytov Atai, Shambetova Cholpon, Luke Mathers, Ron Chambers

Sound Design & Mixing: Luke Mathers – Cascadian Sound

Translator: Venera Martin, Megumi Muto, Natalie Collar, Aleksei Belov, Kasidin Musaev, Rafael Pease, Camila Lira, Arturo Ahumada, German Kholmov

Colorist: Sebastian Hasbun

Graphic Design: Ingrid Céspedes, Steven Hoefgen, Samantha Swartz

Featuring: Diane Strand, Ron Chambers, Nelson Cvitanic, Akylbek Musaev, Koshon Fred Edzerza, Igor Khanin, Francisca Izquierdo, Pedro Huenchunao Pailla, Hideki Kondo, Rafael Pease, Tamo Campos, Wally Brughelli, Joel Loverin