A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Dame Freya Stark is possibly the most lauded female traveler of the last century. The English-Italian explorer has written dozens of books and autobiographies recounting her travels across the globe. As a motivated and predominately self-taught writer, Freya became one of the first westerners (a solo female, no less) to travel extensively through the southern Arabian Desert. In this 1982 documentary by Colin Luke, we catch up with Freya in her later years, on a trip through Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains. At 88, she is not the mountaineer she was in her youth; the success of this trek relies heavily on the crew that leads her by horseback, and ensures her safety and health. Despite the ailments that come with age, she maintains the same zest for travel and dedication to adventure that she maintained throughout her entire life.
Produced by Colin Luke
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