World Community screens This Mountain Life in Courtenay

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal.

World Community presents the multi-award-winning film, This Mountain Life (77 min.) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.

For some people, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania attempt a bitterly cold 2,300-kilometre ski trek from B.C. to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by two women.

Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story of an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off-grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years.

Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a stunning visual experience and a profound spiritual journey set high in the peaks of British Columbia.

Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jennifer Rustmeyer (Clean Bin Project and Just Eat It) will join via Skype for a Q&A session after the screening.

Admission is by donation. For more information, call 250-337-5412.

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