Alone in the Wilderness

on Dec 11 in Reviews by

A very simple, very beautiful story is told in this hour long video made up mostly of 16 millimeter film shot by Richard Proenneke, who left a mind-numbing assembly line job after almost losing his eyesight, and built, by hand, with no power other than his own, a simple, one-room log cabin in Alaska.

That he’s ingenuous, rugged, focused, and respectful of the earth and the animals he encounterd is inspiring, but this 60 minute documentary had the most calming effect on me. Proenneke lived in this cabin alone for something like 30 years before returning to civilization in his early 80s.

It’s called Alone in the Wilderness.

alone in the wilderness

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