Women With Altitude
As the pick slices into the mountain blue ice she finally defeats the demon in her past
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Sarah Vaill is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, climber, and activist. Her films as director include "Women With Altitude," "El Paletero," and current documentary projects on the revolution in Egypt and Arab women's pursuit of equal laws. As producer, Sarah's credits include the documentaries "Women With Altitude," "Where The Road Ends and the Walking Begins" for the Global Fund for Women, "My Evil Twin" for Sarah and Susan Films, and the narrative short "Oh, Baby" for 12PtWest. Sarah continues in activism as the Director of International Advocacy for Karama, a movement to end violence against women in the Arab world. She has worked for 15 years on human rights and women's rights in the Middle East and Latin America, and spent five seasons as a Field Instructor in the mountains of Montana and Mexico for Outward Bound. An author of three award-winning feature scripts, two television pilots, nine produced monologues, and three one-act plays, she is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA's School of Film and Television and earned a BA with Distinction at Duke University.
'You're stronger than you know.' This applies to all who face a difficult task that feels insurmountable-e.g. climbers, survivors of violence, filmmakers. Doing the expedition and completing the film demanded the strength to be all three. In these mountains for 22 days, we confronted fears and challenges and pushed ourselves, and found that our personal limits kept expanding. I hope Women With Altitude ignites that spark in other women and men. Net proceeds are pledged to support the Bolivian groups in the film that are helping survivors do the same.