A story of struggle and resilience at the top of the world.
A team of women from the West and Arab World struggle together to reach climate change ground zero: The North Pole. Facing wild challenges – from Russian helicopter crashes and moving Arctic sea ice, to punishing frostbite and open leads of water – an unlikely story of triumph and global citizenry emerges.
The lives of women in extreme situations, framed by environmental devastation, are familiar terrain for me. I first learned about expedition leader Felicity Aston, and her mission, in 2015. Aston is a veteran South Pole explorer and record holder and author of Alone In Antarctica. Thousands of women applied to be a part of this expedition, and it was during this selection process that I began tracking the project and developing a relationship with Aston.
For two decades Holly Morris has told, and championed, pro-woman stories on the global stage. She is an internationally-known filmmaker, author, and presenter (Adventure Divas, Globe Trekker). Her most recent film, The Babushkas of Chernobyl ("Beautiful, affectionate and stirring"– NYT) premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Directing, the first of nearly two dozen awards received before being broadcast world-wide. The film’s story, based on her print journalism, is about a defiant community of women who live inside Ukraine’s radioactive “Exclusion Zone,” also forms the basis of her popular TED Talk.
Morris has received several notable grants, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the San Francisco Film Society and the New York State Council for the Arts. Morris is the co-founder of PowderKeg Writers Space in Brooklyn (with environmental journalist Sharon Lerner). She is on the Hedgebrook advisory board and was an advisor and mentor for their 2017 Documentary Film Lab.
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