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K2 and the Invisible Footmen
Year:  2015
Running Time:  54 minutes
Country:  Pakistan/USA/Brazil
Language:  Urdu, Balti, English, Portuguese
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Bay Model [2100 Brdgeway, Sausalito]
Showtime:   Tuesday, June 07, 2016 @ 06:00 PM
Director:  Iara Lee

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

K2, located on the border between Pakistan and China, is the second-highest mountain on Earth. K2 and the Invisible Footmen documents the unsung efforts of the indigenous porters who for decades have facilitated the ascent of the Earth's second-highest mountain. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters. This team successfully summited in 2014, on the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain.

Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.

In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and team chronicle the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited in 2014, in celebration of K2 60th anniversary. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.

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Festivals & Awards:

- Audience Award, Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival
- Best Film, Rio Mountain Festival
- Best Cinematography Award, Jaipur International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, Salento International Film Festival
- Honorable Mention, International Festival of Mountain Films Poprad
- Best Documentary, Women Filmmaker Section, Dhaka International Film Festival



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