A film about struggle, resilience and the courage to overcome. 

Over the last three and a half years, Rebecca Byerly has filmed across three continents to tell a powerful story about three seemingly ordinary – yet truly extraordinary – women who run the world's longest, most mountainous ultra-marathons. Women of the Mountain is a deeply personal film that explores the physical and emotional terrain of their lives, as well as her own. In the film, grueling 200-mile races through the Himalayas, Alps and Sierra Nevada serve as a backdrop to the testament of the human spirit, the enduring bonds of female friendship, and the need to hold onto and strengthen family ties no matter how painful that may be.
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Proof of Concept

The video presented above is a short compilation of Rebecca's journey with the women we profile from Ladakh, India, Pontresina, Switzerland and Lake Tahoe, United States. It's a window into the amazing stories of the women in our film. Filming has been completed and we look forward to sharing more as our story continues.

Meet the Women of the Mountain

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Rebecca Byerly, North Carolina, USA

“Running these huge distances helps me face my darkest places. It gets me through depression, keeps me away from addiction and is breaking the cycle of abuse. I’m learning to love who I am and appreciate where I come from.”
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Aparna Choudhary, Jaipur, India

“When you’re running the distance nothing matters
it’s just another human being who’s running. Everything equalizes on the running field at least.”
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Dr. Tawnya Dozier, California, USA

“It’s never too late to start exercising, it’s never too
late to start talking to your husband, it’s never too late to start doing things for yourself to be healthier so you can be a better mom, a better wife,
a better friend.”
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Anke Drescher, Pfinztal, Germany

“Some people suspect
that people who like running are running away from something, but this is absolutely not true. I face problems when I run because I’m alone with my thoughts.”
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preserving languages & history

In addition to the film there will also be an interactive exhibition that will transport viewers to the Himalayas, Alps, Sierra Nevada and Appalachians while teaching them about their ancient history and language through a virtual reality (VR) experience. Viewers will learn about the history of these peaks and passes through the voices of the resilient women whose ancestors have lived there for centuries. Many of these mountain languages, such as Washoe, spoken by the Washoe Native Americans in the Sierra Nevada, are disappearing and it is critical they are captured and shared before they are gone forever.
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press and media

Rebecca has already received international acclaim for the powerful message in Women of the Mountain.
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Rebecca shares the message of Women of the Mountain with students across India at an event commemorating Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.

Rebecca shares the message of Women of the Mountain with students across India at an event commemorating Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.

Women of the Mountain moderates the release of "Wild" with Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Cheryl Strayed.

United Nations World Mountain Day Presentation

sponsors

We are so thankful for our Executive Producers and Sponsors who make this film possible.

 
 

REGINA K. SCULLY - artemis rising foundation

Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting Media, Education and the Arts that transform our culture. Ms. Scully is a three-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy-nominated producer of The Invisible War, the powerful 2012 film about the epidemic rapes of women and men in the military. She is also Academy-nominated producer of the song, “Til it happens to you”, sung by Lady Gaga – theme song for the film, The Hunting Ground. Ms. Scully has produced upwards of one hundred documentary films, shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.

 

Gabrielle Hull - Environment and Social Justice Advocate

Gabrielle is passionate about making the world a better place by working on environmental and social justice initiatives.  With an MBA, MA and BA from Stanford University and her background as an entrepreneur and strategist in the technology industry, she blends strategic and visionary thinking while creating connections between people and ideas to make meaningful change in policy, legal rights, media and business practices.

 

Elizabeth, Katherine and Kevin Phillips - Phillips Foundation

The Phillips Foundation is a private family foundation and catalytic capital platform, which leverages its resources for positive change through impact investing, strategic grants, and original programs.

 

 

 


 
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SUPPORT

All contributions make this film possible, are greatly appreciated, and are tax-deductible. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through our fiscal sponsor New York Women in Film and Television. Your support ensures Rebecca is able to finish the film and get this much-needed message of empowerment into schools, organizations, businesses and homes around the globe.