Trailblazing: The Women of Nepal's Trekking Industry
Tibet flags, Mount Everest and a female trekker.

The Film's Journey

Producer: Lisa Hoffe
Audio and Camera: Lisa Hoffe
Editor: Cyril Reid, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Format: Mini-DV, Documentary

Trailblazing: The Women of Nepal's Trekking Industry
An Only Girl Production

Official Selection: Jeevika Documentary Film Festival, Delhi July 2007

Official Selection: International Mountain Film Festival, Domzale Slovenia February 2007

Juror: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, February 2007

Official Selection: Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

Official Selection: the st. john's international women's film festival

Official Selection: the st. john's international women's film festival


The Film's Journey
About The Film
About the Filmmaker
View a Clip!
The Chhetri Sisters
Memorial University: Women's Studies

For more information
about this film contact:

Lisa Hoffe, Producer
Only Girl Productions


The New York South Asian International Film Festival

December 10th, 2005
Lisa Participated in the 'Emerging Filmakers' Panel as well as screened her film.
For more information, go to: SAIFF Website

St. John's Women's International Film Festival

October 22nd, 2005
"Trailblazing" was screened.
The following quote was taken from the festival's program:

"Jill of all trades, Hoffe turns in her first extended film with her usual high standards. Indeed, Trailblazing is aptly titled, for it blazes a cinematic journey for Hoffe herself, who journeyed to beautiful Nepal to research the heavily male-dominated adventure tourism business and the persistently brave female guides who bushwhack through the gender barriers. In particular, she focuses on the firm of 3 Sisters, who give comfort to visiting female trekkers and in turn train new ones. Not surprisingly, and given Hoffe's well trained eye, the documentary captures the raw beauty of the Himalaya region, as well as the complex infrastructure of competitive demands that brace its development. It also illuminates a progressive social network in the works, with the spectacular mountains as omniscient participants. Take a hike to this premier screening and help us celebrate Hoffe's achievement. "

CBC Radio Interview

October 22, 2005
Interview with Anne Budgell

For CBC Radio One's "Radio Noon".
This can be found in the Hour One archives for Tuesday, October 22nd, 2005. Item #4.

The Independant Newspaper in St. John's.

October 16, 2005
Breaking Ground

Memorial University Online Article
Grad's film to debut at women's film festival

Canadian International Development Agency Article

CIDA Update, July 2003 Issue
Newfoundland Student to Film Documentary onWomen in Nepal

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

December 2003
From Newfoundland to Nepal
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