“Karim’s footsteps” Spain

Country: Spain
Director: Javier Álvaro
Year: 2022
Duration: 51 minutes
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/807980210
Original title: La huella de Karim

Abdul Karim is the most famous porter in the Karakorum. He was born in Hushé, a small village in northern Pakistan, where the only way to get some money to survive through the harsh winters is by working on expeditions to the great mountains of the country. Karim would soon stand out from the rest. He was the best and that allowed him to climb with the greatest climbers of the moment: Reinhold Messner, Jerzy Kukuczka, Chris Bonnington… Anyone would have taken advantage of this fame for his personal benefit, but Karim only wanted one thing: to change the life of his town, which seemed stuck in the Middle Ages. With the help of some successful mountaineering friends who started a cooperation project in Hushé 20 years ago. Today the town is different, but Karim has never settled. His latest project has been perhaps the most ambitious and revolutionary of all: he has created, with three of his granddaughters, the first women’s mountaineering team in Baltistan, in a country where women rarely can decide what to do with their lives.

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