“Women of the Mountain” is a feature length documentary that weaves together director Rebecca Byerly's personal story of growing up in a family rife with domestic abuse and addiction - and the stories of three other incredibly resilient women from India, Germany and the United States. The film takes you to where their stories begin and follows them as they take on some of the longest, most mountainous ultra marathons in the world (125+ miles). These races are a great metaphor for life and provide a unique access point towards understanding what drives them. In addition to telling their stories we will also more deeply tell the ancient histories of the mountains through the voices of woman who live in them in their native languages. Our goal is to show people everywhere that they’re capable of overcoming far more than they think they can and to more deeply connect them with these sacred landscapes.
We plan to enter the film at Sundance, Banff, and Telluride film festivals. It will also be submitted internationally to festivals that highlight women, the humanities, the environment and adventure sports. We look forward to sharing Women of the Mountain with schools, universities, NGOs and companies around the globe.
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You can learn more about the film at womenofthemountain.com
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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: May. 20, 2015