16 mins


Dog musher Apayauq Reitan is on a journey of gender, mental health and purpose to become the first out, transgender woman to complete the legendary Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. Named for her great-grandmother, Apayauq defies stereotypes as she travels over the starkly beautiful, frozen landscape in the same manner as her ancestors. Her four-year-old self, who wanted to be a girl when she grew up, would be proud.

Commitment Grant Winner 2022


Production Team

Zeppelin Zeerip

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Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2023 Mountainfilm Festival.

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