Women Behind the Wheel


Women Behind the Wheel


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Feature Docs, Human Interest, Travel and Adventure
Adventure, central asia, Documentary, female empowerment, feminism, human interest, Human Rights, road trip, social issues, womens movement

Cat and Hannah, two British women in their twenties, take on the gruelling 3000km drive along Central Asia’s Pamir Highway – the second highest international road on Earth. It runs from southern Uzbek deserts, through Tajikistan’s Pamir mountain range, climbing over 4600m, into Kyrgyzstan and all the way to its vibrant capital, Bishkek. Their route brings them to the doorsteps of women from all walks of life, revealing a women’s movement that’s had as many ups and downs as the drive itself. But despite the evident patriarchal oppression in these countries, it’s certainly not the whole picture. Stories of female empowerment against all odds emerge, from a group training Tajikistan’s first ever female trekking guides to a feminist collective running workshops on sexual pleasure. With women behind the camera and behind the wheel, this documentary marks a radical departure from the typical road-trip film. Cat and Hannah gain unprecedented access to over 50 women. Their testimonies shed light on a women’s movement largely ignored by Western media.