Join us as we screen the award winning VICE/HBO documentary, "Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising" following the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes. Afterwards, we'll be featuring a live talk back session with members of the team from Kabul and Marina LeGree, founder of Ascend, the non-profit that made their feat possible.
What: Film screening and Live Q&A: "Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising"
When: February 9, 2019 @ 2:00-5:00pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St · Arlington, VA
On August 6, 2015, a team of 13 young Afghan climbers set out to make history as the first women in the country to summit the Afghan mountain peak of Mir Samir. The team embarked on a 16-day-long expedition against the advice of their elders in an attempt to change the country’s narrative as one of the most dangerous places for women in the world. Doubling as a metaphor for the ascent of women in Afghanistan, the expedition often weathered the novice climbers’ motivation, but by the time they summited the nearly 17,000-foot peak, they’d climbed higher than any Afghan woman had before.
Ascend is a non-profit based in Virginia, who's mission is to develop young women into leaders through community service and the sport of mountain climbing.