Mothered By Mountains
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner – local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai – they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.
“So this was supposed to be a film about, like, empowering women, about bringing two of my friends on this badass adventure. But it all kinda went horribly wrong.” That’s Ben Ayers of the dZi Foundation, who hatched a plan to bring Akita and Rai together for an ambitious objective: motorcycle from Kathmandu to mountains, then bag a first ascent.
However, the white-male-directed adventure falls flat, and the women end up doing it their own way, bonding as they go over issues like motherhood, family and the pressures of society on their gender.
The film was an official selection at Mountainfilm 2018, Kendal Mountain Festival 2018 and the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2018.
The film also featured at the Trento Film Festival 2018, NZ Mountain Film Festival 2018, Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017, Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2018 and more.