K2 and the Invisible Footmen

K2 and the Invisible Footmen

Iara Lee | Pakistan / USA / Brazil | 2015 | 54 min

Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. For many climbers, it is an even greater prize than Everest, with limited routes, a steeper ascent, and a harder push to its summit. Nicknamed the ‘Savage Mountain,’ K2’s peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions. Despite being paid at rates far below those received by international expedition leaders, such porters—whether they provide critical supplies to expedition base camps or take on higher-altitude tasks in support of ascending climbers—do some of the most difficult and dangerous work and these efforts make them worthy of recognition as the true heroes of mountaineering. In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of the indigenous porters of Gilgit/Baltistan in Pakistan. These heroes of mountaineering make possible the ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the courage and everyday sacrifices of these unacknowledged porters. It also provides a fresh look into Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as being merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife..


Warnings: This film has been approved for a general audience. However, we would like to point out that the film contains graphic scenes, strong language and/or mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Tajuk Filem / Title
K2 and the Invisible Footmen

Jenis / Type

Tahun / Year

Negara Asal / Country
Pakistan / USA / Brazil

Tempoh Tayangan / Duration
54 min

Bahasa / Sarikata
Balti, Urdu, English, Portuguese with BM subtitles

Pengarah Filem/ Penerbit / Director / Producer
Iara Lee

Syarikat Pengeluar / Production Company
Caipirinha Productions