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Women of the Mountain is a film about Rising Above. Follow Rebecca and Natacha as they profile six women who personify that ideal.
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Women of the Mountain is a feature-length documentary told through the narratives of six women: three who run the world’s longest ultra-marathons through the world’s highest mountain ranges, and three who live in those rugged terrains. From the Himalayas to the Alps to the Sierra Nevada, this film tells the stories of resilient women from around the world.

Their powerful narratives show how they rise above the challenges of age, culture, gender or any parameters society sets for them. 

Join producer and co-director Rebecca Byerly as she fully immerses herself in the struggles and triumphs of these six very different women.  So far, she has run, and the crew has filmed, a 135-mile race that touches nearly 18,000 feet in the Himalayas of Ladakh, India and a 125-mile race through the Alps in Switzerland. This September she will run a 200-mile ultra-marathon in California's Sierra Nevada. Editor and co-director Natacha Giler along with cinematographers from America, Europe and India capture breathtaking landscapes in counterpoint to eye-level views of the local communities and grueling moments on the trail.  

Click the logos below to check out where our film has been featured:

National Geographic Weekend Radio Interview
National Geographic Weekend Radio Interview
Greensboro native, director of ‘Women of the Mountain’ visits FOX8
Greensboro native, director of ‘Women of the Mountain’ visits FOX8
WFMY News 2 Greensboro, NC Interview
WFMY News 2 Greensboro, NC Interview
Featured on TrailRunner
Featured on TrailRunner
Interview with Canadian Running
Interview with Canadian Running

These images and the stories they tell show viewers these ancient mountains and their people in an entirely new way. From the locals to the athletes, the stories of the women we feature remind us that we can always Rise Above.

Ladakhi woman with her prayer wheel in an animal skin tent. Ladakh, India.
Ladakhi woman with her prayer wheel in an animal skin tent. Ladakh, India.
Aparna, the first Indian woman to ever take on a 135-mile race through the Himalayas and Rebecca start their ascent down Warila. Ladakh, India.
Aparna, the first Indian woman to ever take on a 135-mile race through the Himalayas and Rebecca start their ascent down Warila. Ladakh, India.
Ancient Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, India.
Ancient Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, India.
Timelapse during a 135-mile race through the Himalayas. Ladakh, India.
Timelapse during a 135-mile race through the Himalayas. Ladakh, India.
Woman with her herd. Ladakh, India.
Woman with her herd. Ladakh, India.
Runner on a descent during a 125-mile race through the Swiss Alps. Pontresina, Switzerland
Runner on a descent during a 125-mile race through the Swiss Alps. Pontresina, Switzerland
Morteratsch glacier in the Swiss Alps. Pontresina, Switzerland
Morteratsch glacier in the Swiss Alps. Pontresina, Switzerland
The production team interviewing Thenlis, the first female Ladakhi mountain guide next to Pangong Tso Lake. Ladakh, India
The production team interviewing Thenlis, the first female Ladakhi mountain guide next to Pangong Tso Lake. Ladakh, India
The production team interviewing Anne Marie, the mother of the local woman we are profiling in Pontresina, Switzerland.
The production team interviewing Anne Marie, the mother of the local woman we are profiling in Pontresina, Switzerland.
The capital of Ladakh by night.
The capital of Ladakh by night.
Anke and Rebecca ran 125-miles through the Swiss Alps with no sleep for over 56 hours. Two nights were spent navigating these passes.  Pontresina, Switzerland
Anke and Rebecca ran 125-miles through the Swiss Alps with no sleep for over 56 hours. Two nights were spent navigating these passes. Pontresina, Switzerland
Aparna and Rebecca at the end of a 135-mile race that touches nearly 18,000 feet in elevation in the Himalayas. Ladakh, India
Aparna and Rebecca at the end of a 135-mile race that touches nearly 18,000 feet in elevation in the Himalayas. Ladakh, India

Risks and challenges

Staying injury free and fit enough to run hundreds of miles with little sleep across daunting terrain is challenging. Filming the races and capturing the stories of the women we profile is a feat. To tell their stories, the film crew has endured difficult conditions, often traveling long distances at high altitudes on foot or horseback, with no access to electricity. We prepare as much as possible, but a lot of our success is simply having the grit it takes to get through these races and days in the mountains while intimately telling a story.

Our greatest challenge is this, funding, for these women's stories to be heard and to finish this film we need your help!

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