“What if He Falls?” is a 10-minute film that touches on themes of personal accomplishment, weighing risks and consequences, and the responsibility that documentarians have to their subjects. It profiles Alex Honnold, the world’s foremost free soloist, as he attempts his greatest and most dangerous feat yet: climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan without any ropes or safety gear.

  The filmmakers reflect on the ethical questions they had to face when deciding if and how to capture the stunt: Would the cameras be a distraction, making the climb even riskier? Is it right to film someone as he risks his life? And the most frightening question of all: What if he died on their watch?


  1. Watch the short film above. While you watch, you might take notes using our Film Club Double-Entry Journal (PDF) to help you remember specific moments.

  2. After watching, think about these questions:

  • What moments in this film stood out for you? Why?

  • Were there any surprises? Anything that challenged what you know — or thought you knew?

  • What messages, emotions or ideas will you take away from this film? Why?

  • What questions do you still have?

  3. An additional challenge: What connections can you make between this film and your own life or experience? Why? Does this film remind you of anything else you’ve read or seen? If so, how and why?

  4. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

  5. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.

  6. To learn more, read “What if He Falls?” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin write:

  We are often asked whether shouldering the weight and responsibility to tell Mr. Honnold’s story was worth it. That is, in part, a question for our audiences.

  But despite the months of tension, we would do it again. There is now a record of Mr. Honnold’s achievement. (If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to film it, did it happen?) It is so rare to capture on film such a remarkable feat, one that encompasses living a life of intention; mental and athletic agility; the courage of overcoming innate fears; and pushing oneself as close to the edge as possible without, quite literally, falling over.



  • See all the films in this series.

  • Read our list of practical teaching ideas, along with responses from students and teachers, for how you can use these documentaries in the classroom.

  • Our next Film Club will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17.



  六合联创【当】【雷】【恩】【完】【全】【清】【醒】【过】【来】【的】【时】【候】,【已】【经】【是】【第】【二】【天】【白】【天】【的】【时】【候】【了】。 “【嘶】”【雷】【恩】【揉】【了】【揉】【自】【己】【的】【后】【脑】【勺】,【明】【明】【不】【是】【很】【刺】【眼】【的】【光】【线】【看】【在】【雷】【恩】【眼】【中】【却】【是】【格】【外】【亮】【眼】。 【雷】【恩】【不】【由】【得】【拍】【了】【拍】【自】【己】【的】【黑】【色】【机】【械】【面】【具】,【想】【要】【把】【吸】【收】【进】【来】【的】【周】【围】【的】【光】【线】【给】【调】【暗】【一】【点】。 “【你】【醒】【啦】,【雷】【恩】。” 【林】【幻】【的】【声】【音】【忽】【然】【响】【起】,【传】【入】【雷】

“【我】【想】【这】【笔】【钱】,【足】【够】【偿】【还】【这】【孩】【子】【的】【父】【母】,【欠】【那】【些】【人】【的】【债】【务】,【以】【及】,【改】【善】【你】【们】【的】【生】【活】,【给】【这】【个】【孩】【子】【一】【个】【好】【的】【成】【长】【环】【境】。” “【我】【看】【得】【出】【来】,【他】【不】【想】【离】【开】【这】【里】,【你】【拿】【着】【这】【笔】【钱】,【好】【好】【善】【待】【这】【孩】【子】,【他】【想】【买】【什】【么】【就】【给】【他】【买】【什】【么】,【不】【要】【亏】【待】【了】【他】。” 【赵】【琳】【双】【腿】【发】【软】,【要】【不】【是】【易】【安】【及】【时】【扶】【住】,【她】【人】【差】【一】【点】【就】【要】【瘫】【坐】【在】【地】【上】。


  【房】【间】【的】【一】【切】【都】【没】【有】【变】【化】,【维】【持】【在】【南】【子】【衿】【离】【去】【时】【候】【的】【样】【子】。 【南】【子】【衿】【轻】【靠】【在】【床】【沿】【之】【上】,【本】【想】【直】【接】【闭】【眼】【歇】【息】。 【但】【是】【却】【被】【一】【阵】【冲】【天】【的】【喊】【杀】【之】【声】【惊】【扰】,【南】【子】【衿】【起】【身】,【透】【过】【微】【开】【的】【小】【窗】【看】【向】【南】【边】【的】【方】【向】。 【隐】【隐】【的】【火】【光】【乍】【起】,【就】【在】【镇】【子】【的】【南】【边】【亮】【起】。 “【来】【了】【吗】?” …… 【兽】【潮】【比】【李】【都】【统】【想】【象】【的】【来】【的】【要】【早】,【根】【据】【探】六合联创【雨】【桐】【抬】【手】【看】【表】,【计】【算】【时】【间】。 “【可】【以】,【等】【我】【半】【个】【小】【时】!”【雨】【桐】【快】【速】【回】【房】【拿】【几】【个】【小】【件】,【冲】【到】【卫】【生】【间】【去】……【洗】【头】。 【平】【时】【上】【学】【可】【以】【不】【在】【意】,【既】【然】【要】【出】【门】【吃】【饭】【看】【电】【影】,【那】【必】【须】【得】【洗】【头】【啊】! 【女】【孩】【子】。 【诸】【葛】【亮】【不】【由】【推】【了】【下】【眼】【镜】,【翻】【开】【书】【本】【阅】【读】。 —— 【诸】【葛】【亮】【的】【主】【要】【目】【的】,【其】【实】【是】【吃】【饭】,【但】【是】【由】【于】【时】【间】【关】【系】,【他】

  “【我】【已】【经】【派】【人】【去】【叫】【沈】【清】【鸣】【过】【来】,【你】【放】【心】,【汐】【儿】,【皇】【上】【的】【情】【况】【很】【好】,【沈】【大】【夫】【说】【他】【一】【切】【安】【好】,【汐】【儿】……【汐】【儿】!”【安】【佑】【的】【话】【还】【没】【有】【说】【完】,【见】【到】【李】【铮】【安】【全】【的】【李】【汐】【心】【情】【猛】【然】【放】【松】,【身】【体】【再】【也】【难】【以】【支】【撑】,【眼】【前】【一】【黑】,【昏】【倒】【在】【李】【铮】【身】【上】。 【她】【似】【乎】【感】【到】【李】【铮】【的】【手】【握】【住】【了】【自】【己】【的】【手】,【她】【的】【手】【反】【手】【握】【住】【李】【铮】【的】【手】,【嘴】【里】【喃】【喃】【说】【道】:“【皇】【兄】,

  “【你】【怎】【么】【也】【跟】【着】【来】【了】?” 【溯】【风】【将】【柒】【月】【稳】【稳】【的】【接】【住】,【伸】【手】【拂】【去】【她】【额】【前】【的】【碎】【发】,【语】【气】【十】【分】【宠】【溺】【的】【问】【道】。 【虽】【然】【说】【知】【道】【凤】【沁】【儿】【的】【身】【份】【是】【曦】【月】【教】【教】【主】,【也】【料】【到】【了】【她】【今】【天】【会】【来】,【但】【是】【没】【想】【到】【柒】【月】【居】【然】【也】【跟】【来】【了】。 “【人】【家】【这】【不】【是】【想】【你】【了】【嘛】…” 【只】【见】【柒】【月】【红】【着】【脸】【将】【自】【己】【的】【头】【使】【劲】【儿】【往】【溯】【风】【怀】【里】【拱】,【就】【连】【说】【话】【的】【语】【气】【都】【有】【些】

  【萧】【瑾】【寒】【追】【出】【去】【没】【多】【久】,【就】【看】【见】【山】【间】【风】【雪】【中】,【有】【一】【抹】【俏】【丽】【的】【红】【色】【身】【影】【在】【慢】【慢】【前】【行】。【虽】【是】【夜】【里】,【他】【却】【仍】【是】【能】【一】【眼】【认】【出】【那】【便】【是】【他】【心】【心】【念】【念】【的】【人】。 【他】【几】【步】【追】【过】【去】,【将】【人】【拉】【入】【怀】【中】,【轻】【声】【询】【问】:“【大】【半】【夜】【的】,【又】【这】【么】【大】【风】【雪】,【怎】【么】【一】【个】【人】【跑】【出】【来】【了】?” 【怀】【中】【的】【小】【人】【儿】【先】【是】【一】【愣】,【随】【即】【展】【颜】【笑】【了】:“【我】【修】【炼】【静】【不】【下】【心】,【忽】【然】【想】