WORLD PREMIERE – 2021 Banff Mountain Film Fest
WINNER – 2022 Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest | Best Mountain Culture Film
WINNER – 2022 Environmental Film Festival | Eric Moe Best Short Film Award
WINNER – 2022 Frozen River Film Festival | Best Short Film
Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed Alaskan Husky sled dog to hike the entire 1200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter in subzero temperatures, the first woman and person of color to attempt this challenge.
Emily Ford, 28, Black, LGBTQ, sets out with Diggins a borrowed female Alaskan Huskie sled dog as her companion and protector to hike the entire 1200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and Diggins develop a powerful bond.
She posts on IG throughout and discovers they are being followed by more than friends and family, receiving encouragement and survival packages from strangers along the way. As her story gathers momentum in local, national and international press Emily learns she’s become a figurehead to encourage those who don’t feel like they belong in wild places, especially people of color, to spend more time in nature. What begins as an extraordinary physical challenge also becomes a spiritual adventure. If successful she will be the first woman and person of color to finish.