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KILIMANJARO AT IMAX (article first published : 2002-08-13)

Join a band of trekkers as they journey through rugged terrain and extreme conditions to look out from Africa’s highest point in David Breashears' latest IMAX mountain adventure film, Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa.

Photographed in the world’s largest and most evocative motion picture format, this film takes its viewers to the expansive slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro where they can experience the exceptional climates and landscapes of this mystical mountain.

The 70mm IMAX film stock is the largest ever made. A unique projection system uses the “Rolling Loop” process to shift the oversized film past the projector lens at four times the speed of normal 35mm film in a standard cinema. The steeply raked seats give theatregoers an unobstructed view and a unique sensation of being part of the film.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa is an adventure of the human spirit which follows five trekkers led by a local Chagga guide up the largest freestanding mountain in the world. The trekkers represent a mix of gender, race and life experiences, ranging in age from 12 to 64. Their diversity exemplifies the broad appeal of Kilimanjaro that lures people from around the globe to this phenomenal mountain.

Along their journey of courage and endurance, trekkers encounter strange landscapes and endure harsh conditions as they travel through five climate zones ranging from the lower rainforest reaches of Kilimanjaro to the summit’s arctic glaciers, all the while learning about the formation of the African continent and the Great Rift Valley.

This hearty band of amateur adventurers’ personalities and spontaneous observations guide the film. Representing a wide range of backgrounds and interests, trek team members serve as inspirational individuals to people of all ages and origins.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa is scheduled for public launch on August 16 at the IMAX Theatre, Gateway.




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