In K2 and the Invisible Footmen, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas. 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. These efforts make them worthy of recognition as the true heroes of mountaineering.
Amid breathtaking scenery of the second-highest mountain on earth, 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 traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.
This screening will be followed by discussion. For questions, please contact coordinator and moderator Rakhshanda Saleem, Ph.D. at RSaleem@lesley.edu.
Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.