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Directed by Grant Baldwin

British Columbia 2019 76 mins. In English

British Columbia is a province in which 75% of its geographical landscape is made up of large mountains. While many might only venture into this terrain for skiing or summer recreation, there are many who seek out this wild and immense beauty year-round. This Mountain Life focuses on a handful of these individuals, such as Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania who attempt a 2,300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains—a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by a female duo. Their adventure is interspersed with other portraits of mountain-loving folks, including a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God, a snow artist who creates large-scale time-based works, a couple who have been living off the grid for over 50 years, and the gripping story of an avalanche burial by a group of three adventuresome skiers. Shot to capture the cinematic magnitude of British Columbia’s far-reaching peaks, director Grant Baldwin’s film underscores a human passion and love for all mountains.

Genres: Documentary



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