In 2005 my father-in-law descended into the crater, on the summit of Kilimanjaro. My own father began descent into an even greater unknown. Each path, very different. One chosen. The other compelled by the cruel hand of Alzheimer’s. One, a beginning. The other, an end.
Like my father, the snows are disappearing and the mountain is showing signs of age. And for those of us living in the shadows of the glacier and dealing with the ravages of age, we are only concerned with making the most of the time before they are both gone forever. Outwardly invincible, mountains and men fade and disappear over time.
Carpe Kilimanjaro is a feature documentary and story of Zach Jordan’s literal ascension of a mountain and his metaphorical ascension to fatherhood, in the face of his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.