Asiemut: movie documents 5,000 mile bicycle journey across Asia.

by Eric Shalit on November 12, 2010

Friday, November 19 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
REI: 222 Yale Ave N., Seattle, WA
Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club as part of their film series
Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and I’m assuming they’re available at the door.
Cascade members: $8
General public: $9.99

This just in from Peter Verbrugge at Cascade Bicycle Club. Asiemut chronicles the 5,000-mile bicycle journey of young French-Canadians Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier. Olivier and Mélanie pedal across Asia from Mongolia to Kolkata, India, at the mouth of the Ganges. They pass through Xinjiang province and the Taklamakan Desert in China, Tibet, and Nepal. Along the way, they discover the world – and they discover themselves. Who are they? What do they want? What is their place in this world? As they encounter obstacles and make discoveries, this daring journey begs the question: Do we not all have a common azimuth*?

The idea behind Asiemut was to produce a film that would encourage viewers to think about the basis of our society, and, more precisely, the viewer’s role in it. By traveling with Melanie and Olivier across Asia, the spectator lives through their adventure. A quest for balance, respect, love, friendship, anger, and joy, the adventure is a medium through which to explore broader issues, such as culture, tradition, Western society and the pursuit of happiness.

Asiemut is the winner of 35 International Films Festival awards and has been part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour since 2007. The film has received numerous Public Choice Awards and a Jury’s Grand Prize, including the prestigious “Oscar of the Oscars” of all mountain and adventure films in 2007-2008, awarded in Cervino, Italy

*The title of the film is a variation on the word azimuth, the direction taken when following a compass, or metaphorically, the direction taken when following one’s life journey.

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