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by Eliza Kubarska


The true story of Wanda Rutkiewicz, the first woman in the world and the first person from Poland to climb the highest peaks on earth, told by herself. Wanda entered the men's world of mountaineers uninvited and paid the highest price for it. The film's director, herself a climber, sets off to the Himalayas in Wanda's footsteps. The clue to the search is the protagonist's audio-diary found among a pile of archival materials. Wanda disappeared 30 years ago. Her body was never found. Reportedly she stayed in a Buddhist monastery. The film explores her life and mystery with the participation of famous climbers: Reinhold Messner, Krzysztof Wielicki and Carlos Carsolio, as well as the women closest to her: sister Janina Fies and manager Marion Feik.

international title: The Last Expedition
original title: The Last Expedition
country: Poland, Switzerland, Nepal, India, Italy, Austria
year: 2024
genre: documentary
directed by: Eliza Kubarska
cinematography by: Piotr Rosołowski, Marcin Sauter, Małgorzata Szyłak
film editing: Bartosz Pietras
producer: Monika Braid
production: Braidmade Films, Tilt Production GmbH, Vertical Vision Film Studio, 3sat

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