When I Look Back follows four women mountain bikers ripping around Moab, Utah. But this is not your typical adrenaline-fueled adventure film. Both lighthearted and contemplative, it’s a glimpse into a tight-knit group of friends doing what they love and picking each other up when they fall down. Looking back on their lives, this is what they will remember.
Anyone who has kayaked whitewater knows that it can be scary. The idea of kayaking serious rapids without being able to see? Terrifying. And the notion of kayaking the entire length of the Grand Canyon, blind? Almost unthinkable. And yet, people do it. The first of them was Lonnie Bedwell. Bedwell lost his vision in a hunting accident and emerged from an ensuing period of intense self-examination determined to take back his independence and his identity. That he has accomplished. In spades. Just to add some glory to the guts, Lonnie now dedicates himself to helping wounded vets learn how to kayak and, in the process, to regain some freedom. And some fun.
In a country where women's rights are severely oppressed, a group of young females prepare to do the unthinkable. Thirteen girls from Afghanistan’s first female mountaineering team train to climb Mount Noshaq, the highest peak in the country. The expedition is rerouted and derailed as the novice climbers struggle with the altitude, sickness and injuries. But the women persevere, determined to feel the freedom of standing on a summit. These women prove that serving your country can mean challenging its suffocating gender roles and stereotypes. And they vow to conquer mountains, or die trying.