Viewers Respond to K2 and the Invisible Footmen


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We have been honored to receive feedback and comments from audience members who have viewed K2 and the Invisible Footmen. If you have watched the film, we invite you to send us your thoughts and keep the discussion going! We can be reached by email at info@culturesofresistancefilms.com.




Stephen W., United Kingdom Thank you for bringing your uplifting film to London. It was greatly appreciated by the audience in London and promoted an interesting discussion. The topics covered included technical ones about filming, editing and music; concern about the plight of porters and their families; discussion about alternative sources of income in a harsh environment; the need to promote tourism more generally in North Pakistan; and the special cultural and political status of Gilgit-Baltistan. I do hope that your efforts to secure a wider distribution for your film are rewarded.


Alpin Film Festival, Romania It was more than great. All went well and your movie was highly appreciated by everybody. Moreover, we had a very well-known alpinist with us and he told us that he recognized every corner of the trails to K2. Zsolt Torok also presented the movie and shared some bits and pieces of his experience up there with us.


Julian I., Austria I recently watched the movie K2 and the Invisible Footmen at the Alpinmesse in Innsbruck. It was one of the most astonishing movies I have seen. I have also been able to visit Pakistan in the last two years and the movie shows the beauty and the exceptionalism of the country and its people.


Francesco Q., Italy I really liked the story and how you narrated it.... You were able to capture the beauty as a pure entity. The colors, the landscapes, and the details were really, really beautiful. In many points, they were almost mystic. The purity of the mountains and their power was astonishing. I felt the beauty in those images. At the end, it made me sympathize with the Pakistani porters and want to go there and see the beautiful mountains. Thanks for the beautiful feelings that you transmitted with your work!


Qasim B., Pakistan The film was amazingly done in all aspects, including cinematography and the story. Everything was made for everything else. You are an invincible footwoman.


Muhammad M., Pakistan Thought provoking and absolutely beautiful. The invisible footmen who have super human strength and incredibly soft hearts make it possible for great mountaineers to climb the highest and most deadly peaks. Most importantly, this lurking mist of terror has kept beautiful human beings from enjoying their stay on this planet, with the exception of a crazy few who swim against the tide.


Bella K. Thank you for showing the beautiful side of Pakistan.


Qureshi, Pakistan I saw the documentary when it was screened at the Rafi Peer International Film Festival. Iara Lee has done an amazing job in making this movie as it truly depicts the situation in which these porters are forced to work and earn their bread and butter. On top of that, the documentary portrays how these porters live un poverty with six to ten children and little food, education, clothing, or shoes.


Nadya M. Extremely insightful! Thanks, Iara, for showing the world a different picture and highlighting the most neglected issue! The picturesque mountains, the snow-capped peaks, the deadly crevasses, the simplicity, and the plight of the porters and Sherpas were indeed overwhelming!


Asif A., Pakistan It was great, especially for me because I'm a porter's son and very proud of my father. He always struggled to earn money from his job for our educations. Unfortunately, my father now suffers from knee pain and will need an operation. He has told me the stories of K2 and your film depicts these stories as they are in reality.


Haneen R. A stupendous narrative. I had goosebumps throughout!


Khalid A. You have done a remarkable job. My heart felt so much pain for those porters. You presented their case so perfectly. Keep up the good work!


Farah K., Pakistan You have done quite extraordinary work. Thanks for making our country "roshan" (enlightened)! Hoping to see many more documentaries from you!


Maaz I. No, I didn't like the film—I just loved the film! It is an outstanding movie and by far the best one I've seen in my life. The emotion and the way in which you made it were absolutely brilliant.


Ammad A. Hats off to you and your team. I have no words for thanking you for such an effort. It left me speechless.


Bogdan I., Russia. It was interesting to see how people live there. Good movie.


Yulia G., Russia. A great film. It was really scary to see this movie and realize that somewhere people live like that. What for some is a hobby and a favorite pastime is hard labor for others. I rarely think about that. I need to rent and watch these films again.


Alena H., Russia. Thank you very much for arranging viewing. The film touched!


Ankur P., India. Kudos to K2 and the Invisible Footmen. It's a visual treat.


Shubhranshu C. I got a chance to see K2 yesterday. It blew my mind, especially the way the story is told. By the end of the movie, I had tears in my eyes. It had such genuine and true emotions.


Narjis M., Turkey. What an amazing film! You had the audience in awe! Thank you, Iara Lee, for sharing this amazing film with us. We sat in awe of the beautiful landscapes, real-life stories, and struggles of the porters of K2. It brilliantly documents the mighty mountain and the resilient, smiling porters of K2. I am myself an aspiring filmmaker. Tonight, your work inspired so many of us.


Ehab Z., United States. My wife and I were at the screening last night. We loved the film and learned so much about climbing and the sacrifices made by porters and their families. Great job! I'm still in awe at the imagery. Breathtaking!


Andreas T. Great documentary! Glad you keep making Iara-style films and dedicating your talent and resources to some of the less fortunate people on this planet. It was an absolute pleasure to see you and your work again. The video makes a sustainable impression on the viewer and brings a foreign world and its people into the hearts and minds of the audience. Good luck with all your future projects.


Mareshah D. So pleased to know you! You did an excellent job portraying the good and the bad, the challenges and the triumphs, the humor and the culture, the happy and the sad, and just life and the matter-of-fact way it is lived by so many. Thank you for your work bringing more awareness to the Pakistani porters!


Joe R. Incredible film! Loved seeing things from the perspective of the porters and the Pakistani culture that was interjected in! Thank you.


Sha N., Singapore. Good film! Thanks to Iara Lee for arranging the screening in Singapore. I did not know of this mountain and the invisible porters who work there. Definitely an educational experience for me.


Chin Kong Y., Singapore. I liked the film very much. Breathtaking footage, deep human interest, surreal environment, humbling conclusion.


Noor J. It was an exceptional film. The visuals, sounds, and cinematography were amazing and brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on a wonderful screening. It's a must watch for those who want to learn filmmaking.


Rikki K., Japan I just finished watching the K2 film. Wow, I jumped right in, and had a blast! Words cannot describe the greatness of this work. I really, really enjoyed it!


Amitt B., India I watched K2 in India. Really amazing work!


Ted F., United States Seeing the film on DCP was an extraordinary experience—Jawad Sharif's camerawork and editing were extraordinary!


Anmar K., United States It was so heartening to see a positive, human side of Pakistan so beautifully encapsulated in your documentary. It made me utterly grateful to you for making it. My reaction was different from the last time I saw it, at the mountain film festival in Lahore last year, because this time, I was seeing it with a foreign audience. Thank you for making the documentary!


Imran K., Pakistan This is really a great film that has moved many young people in Pakistan.


Bistra D., Bulgaria Your film is very beautiful and meaningful.


Anna V., Bulgaria It will be a pleasure to share this amazing film with my friends. I am so glad that it has experienced great success. It is a really, really great film! Thank you for sharing it here in Bulgaria!


Yara T., Jordan The movie was beautiful and simply factual without any made-up additions, which can often be found in documentaries. I am glad your movie is creating change in the lives of the locals in Pakistan. And just like you said, beauty in countries that are terrorized by the media is the most genuine.


Randa S., Jordan I went to the screening and really enjoyed watching the film. Thank you for being you and for taking the initiative to talk about the tough lives and suffering of the sherpas in Pakistan, as well as for showing the beauty of the country and the kindness and simplicity of its people.