Hey have you heard? A member of our very own climbing community here in Southwestern PA, Elisa Varlotta, is raising funds to make a film about the women’s climbing community in Colombia! The goal of this project is to give attention to underrepresented groups while also connecting communities from around the world. She and the team are presenting “Guerreras” (Women Warriors), a film in the works that will share the untold story of the female climbing community in Colombia. The film will allow climbers from all over the world to connect along shared themes of multiracial identities, Latinx stories, womanhood, and a shared love for climbing. Want to get involved? Share this post with friends or donate to the project via Go Fund Me. Consider supporting this important work with an all star crew!
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“Guerreras will capture the untold story of the female climbing community in Colombia and challenge the audience to consider how their own identities intersect with their climbing experiences while simultaneously glimpsing the reality of an underrepresented demographic within the climbing world – Latina climbers.
Given the crucial role of Latinx communities to the U.S. and the lack of U.S. Latinx climbers, we want to spotlight Latin American women as role models for Latinx individuals in the U.S. Most climbing films highlight US or European climbers, and even those that are shot in Latin America, again, usually feature this demographic rather than the climbers from local communities. This film will be different.
Guerreras will allow climbers from all over the world to connect along shared themes of multiracial identities, Latinx stories, womanhood, and a shared love for climbing.
While this story focuses on the Colombian women climbing community, audiences across the world will resonate with its universal themes. Themes such as motherhood, expectations placed on women, balancing life with climbing, body image standards, performance pressure, machismo, and empowering communities will appear. As these ideas are applicable worldwide, we will feature interviews from some of the most influential and most inspiring climbers such as Anna Hazelnutt, Daila Ojeda, Fery Rodriguez, and Nina Williams.
Guerreras entirely features, and has been predominantly produced by, women of marginalized communities.
This film will promote international climbing solidarity and help climbers become more globally aware citizens.”