In K2 and the Invisible Footmen, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas in K2, the second highest mountain on earth located between Pakistan and China. The film follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited the K2 in 2014, in celebration of K2's 60th anniversary. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national tragedies of Pakistan.
Film duration: 55 minutes
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Iara Lee is the founder of the Cultures of Resistance Network where she collaborates with educators, artists, and change-makers around the world to build global solidarity through creative resistance and non-violent action. Iara has produced several shorts and full-length documentaries to promote conflict prevention and resolution, and is working on a variety of humanitarian, arts and culture diplomacy projects. Her current project is a documentary entitled Burkinabè Urkinabè Rising, which showcases creative non-violent resistance in Burkina Faso, a land-locked country in West Africa.
In May 2010, Iara was a passenger on the MV Mavi Marmara, a vessel in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked in international waters by the Israeli navy, leading to the death of humanitarian aid workers. Among the many people who recorded the events on that ship, her crew was the only one to successfully hide and retain most of the raid footage, which she later released to the world after a screening at the United Nations.