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Women of the Mountain

NYWIFT member Rebecca Byerly has spent the last three and a half years filming across three continents to tell a powerful story about three seemingly ordinary – yet truly extraordinary – women who run the world's longest, most mountainous ultra- marathons. Women of the Mountain is a deeply personal film that explores the physical and emotional terrain of their lives, as well as Rebecca’s own. At the film's center is a raw and revealing story about healing and recovery. In the film, grueling 200-mile races serve as a backdrop to the testament of the human spirit, the enduring bonds of female friendship, and the need to hold onto and strengthen family ties no matter how painful that may be.

The film follows three women’s stories as well as filmmaker Rebecca’s personal journey. Aparna, goes from a village in Rajasthan, India – where female infanticide is rampant – to the top of an 18,000-foot mountain in a 135-mile race to now pursuing her MBA at Oxford, so she can empower other women in her country. Anke, a 50-year-old German, endures 60 hours in the Alps without sleep to cross the finish line of a 125-mile race with only minutes to spare. Tawnya, a 46-year-old mother of five, goes from her couch to running 200-mile races. And finally, Rebecca’s own journey which goes from a family in North Carolina where domestic abuse and addiction were prevalent to building a life in New Delhi, to now training for a 200-mile race with her 15-year-old cousin, who she is helping to overcome their family’s cycle of abuse.

This summer and fall, Rebecca is filming the last leg of production, culminating in the running of the Tahoe 200, a 200 - mile race through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. In this final race, the four women will all meet for the first time. This is where you will see the powerful transformation that has happened in all of their lives.

In order to get her inspiring message to millions of people and finish the film in time to premiere in 2018, Rebecca will need to raise at least $54,000. Please help by donating at the link below.


Women of the Mountain provides a platform to talk about our shared challenges and vulnerabilities. Please help producer and director, Rebecca Byerly to take this film over the finish line.

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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts