Mountainfilm

World Focus Shorts II

Date: May 31, 2021
Start Time: 12:30 p.m.
with Q&A

This program of shorts will take you across the globe, exploring and celebrating diverse peoples and cultures.

Comeback Girls

Comeback Girls

Film Screening — Duration: 7 mins

For some, cycling invokes the notion of sport, adrenaline and technique. For Malawi teen mothers Maggie and Febby, a bicycle can mean the difference between staying in school or not. Knowing that education equals a brighter future, for them and their daughters, these young mothers strive to finish their schooling despite an almost two-hour walk to school. The gift of two wheels might be the perfect answer.


World Premiere

Now is the Time

Now Is the Time

Film Screening — Duration: 16 mins

After totem poles were denigrated as pagan by Christian missionaries and the cultural practices of Indigenous people were outlawed by the Canadian government, the Haida village of Masset, British Columbia, lost its traditional artform. Until a young man named Robert Davidson decided to revive the woodcarvers’ art, first making a totem pole and then orchestrating a potlatch, the ceremonial raising of a totem pole, in 1969 — the first in living memory. This is an inspiring documentation of a community’s spiritual restoration and a reflection on cultural vulnerability and resilience.

Solastalgia

Solastalgia

Film Screening — Duration: 14 mins

Much like nostalgia, solastalgia is a form of emotional distress, only it’s caused by a change in environment, a longing for one’s homeland. This short film depicts the condition in a man named Serap, a Sherpa from the Khumbu region of the Himalaya who transplanted his family to New York City. As he drives an Uber through the dense metropolis, he loses himself in memories of guiding people up the highest summits of the world.


World Premiere
Commitment Grant Winner
Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship Recipient

Irakli’s Lantern

Irakli’s Lantern

Film Screening — Duration: 17 mins

Irakli Khvedaguridze, at 78, is the last year-round resident of one of Europe’s highest settlements, in the Georgian Caucasus. The population decline of Georgia’s Tusheti region, after 2,000 years of habitation, “is so sad, I could cry,” Irakli, the last of a breed, laments.


Colorado Premiere

Águilas

Águilas

Film Screening — Duration: 14 mins

Migrants from Central and South America cross the Mexico/United States border in search of a better life, but often, amidst rising political repression and cartel violence, and the eternal difficulties of travel in the Sonoran Desert, they meet a different fate. In the scorching and desolate landscape of the southern desert border in Arizona, it is estimated that for every migrant body found, there are another five that the desert will never give back. The volunteers of Aguilas del Desierto set out to find the remains for loved ones, fielding phone calls and receiving messages by word of mouth. They trek through the desert not in the hopes of recovering lives, but to help honor those that are lost.


Colorado Premiere

Durga: Forging a New Trail

Durga: Forging a New Trail

Film Screening — Duration: 21 mins

The first mountain guide from her village in northern Nepal, 34-year-old Durga Rawal was always on the lookout for a path to independence. While the girls around her were left to grow up working on family farms and in their homes, Rawal pursued another direction — changing not only the societal and familial expectations of herself, but for future generations. Durga: Forging a New Trail is an intimate story of what female empowerment and gender equality looks like on the ground, and what an independent path just might lead to.

Way of Life

Way of Life

Film Screening — Duration: 13 mins

This documentary beautifully captures the daily life of the dhīvaraḥ — Sanskrit for a fisherman — of Malpe Harbour, Karnataka, India, as they face the impacts of overfishing. Former Fishermen’s Association President Satish Kundar talks about the joy as well as the difficulties of traditional, small-scale fishermen, like himself. The film offers a glimmer of hope for the future due to efforts to promote sustainable fishing and eating practices that can preserve both aquatic life and local livelihoods.


Colorado Premiere

Sky Aelans

Sky Aelans

Film Screening — Duration: 6 mins

A mountainous expanse of the Solomon Islands, known as Sky Aelans, hides in the clouds. Here, there is a chorus of animals, every tree has a story and every drop of water carries a memory. But despite a 2018 pledge to protect mountain regions above 400 meters, this land is being threatened and the Indigenous communities who live in these mountain forests are the last protectors of these high sacred places. They are not simply seeking to save themselves and the land they love, but the creatures who inhabit this pristine island in the clouds.


North American Premiere