Ascending Afghanistan

54 mins


Colorado Premiere
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.

Production Team

Erik Osterholm

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2019 Mountainfilm Festival.
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