Mothered by Mountains
“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 match renowned Nepalese climber Pasang Llamu Sherpa Akita with Kathmandu punk rocker Sareena Rai for an ambitious objective: motorcycle from Kathmandu to mountains, then bag a first ascent. But 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.
Return to Mount Kennedy
In March 1965, Bobby Kennedy became the first person to summit Mount Kennedy. The peak is located in Canada’s Yukon Territory; the Canadian prime minister named it in honor of John F. Kennedy in the wake of the U.S. president’s assassination. Accompanying Bobby was Jim Whittaker, the mountaineering icon who was the first American to summit Mt. Everest. Fifty years later, Bobby’s son and Jim’s sons honor that historic ascent, and the close friendship that evolved between their families, with their own summit attempt.