“Women of the Mountain” is a feature-length documentary told through the eyes of three women from Asia, Europe and North America as they run the world’s longest ultra-marathons through the world’s highest mountain ranges.
The film also captures the stories of three female entrepreneurs whose livelihoods depend on these mountains. They carve out a life in extreme terrain just as their ancestors did for centuries. The powerful narratives of these inspiring women show how they refuse to be defined by gender, culture, age, or the artificial parameters society sets for them.
To better capture the struggles and triumphs of the runners and local women, director and producer Rebecca Byerly fully immerses herself in their lives, and competes alongside the runners in the same races. So far, she has run a 125-mile race and a 135-mile race for the film. She will run a 200-mile ultra-marathon in September.
The breathtaking landscapes, time lapse videos of wide open skies, intimate shots of the local communities and the harrowing moments on the trail will allow viewers to see the mountains and their people in an entirely new way. From the locals to the athletes, every woman we feature is a story of resilience.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 30, 2014