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Becoming a Guide

Deuter releases film showcasing the journey it takes to become a guide. BECOMING A GUIDE is about the trials and tribulations of two young mountain enthusiasts seeking out a career as a mountain guide. The film portrays the physical and emotional demands placed on the two aspirants as they progress towards qualifying as fully-fledged mountain guides.

Essentially, mountain guiding is about leading clients through mountain environments in a safe and enjoyable way. In reality, it means constantly being on the lookout for potential danger, understanding people’s physical limitations, assessing risks, carefully weighing up viability. And that’s exactly what Bianca and Finn, the two German main characters, are looking to learn. This is a human story. And it recounts some of the history of mountain guiding as told by Italian mountain guide and alpinist Hanspeter Eisendle, and Chamonix based Scottish guide Neil Brodie. It also looks at the fascination mountains, and the treasures within them, hold for someone like World Champion snowboarder and fourth generation mountain guide, Jonathan Charlet from Chamonix, France. Looking to the future, it poses questions about what effects climate change will have on all mountain dwellers, let alone those who work in them, when nothing stays the same.

  • Alexander Hick
    Thinking like a Mountain
  • Bianca Schöferle
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  • Finn Koch
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    December 1, 2019
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Director Biography - Alexander Hick

ALEXANDER HICK studied fine art at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, documentary film making at the University for Television and Film in Munich, and at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfico in Mexico. He was awarded the Bavarian Debutante Prize and the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of the Arts. His films and video installations have been shown extensively at international festivals (e.g. Zurich Film Festival, Visions du reel, Morelia Festival de Cine, Film Festival München, Dok Leipzig) and in museums (e.g. Pinakothek der Moderne, Haus der Kunst, Macba Barcelona). For his most recent film, Thinking like a Mountain, he was awarded a German Human Rights Film prize. Alexander Hick has been a state-certified Mountain Guide sine 2018.

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