The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain

It is mid-winter in the oxygen-starved landscape of Ladakh as Cynthia Hunt embarks on a journey unlike any other, to bring Ladakhi women to the capital city of Leh on the frozen Zanskar River for education in health and nutrition.


Winner, People's Choice Award, Banff Mountain Film Festival 2005

Winner, Best Canadian Mountain Film, Vancouver Internationl Mountain Film Festival 2006

Grand Prize, 2006 Hory a mesto / Mountains and City festival Bratislava, Slovakia 2006

Magic means different things to different people. For Cynthia Hunt, the founder of HEALTH Inc (Health, Environment, And Literacy in The Himalayas), it’s all about the empowerment of women, good health and nutrition. But these are not easy propositions in Ladakh - one of the highest and driest inhabited places on earth. Yet Cynthia is in her element as she routinely hikes through the rugged mountains of northwest India to help foster change in isolated communities.

As a passionate artist, book publisher and educator with a decidedly idiosyncratic style, she helps the illiterate village women in their efforts to form a cooperative. The pay-off comes when they undertake a perilous, four-day journey down a frozen river canyon to petition government officials in the distant capital city for funds to build green houses.

Official Selection of :

  • 2005 Calgary International Film Festival
  • 2005 Himalayan Film Festival, Amsterdam
  • 2006 Mountain Film, Telluride
  • 2006 Kendal Mountain Film Festival

About the Film

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Cynthia Hunt, Phuntsog Stanzin and Sonam Norboo
Baiba Morrow
Pat Morrow
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SD (4:3)
The Magic Mountain


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