In the heart of the most gender-unequal country in Latin America, Christa Castillo turns to the mountain bike to help Guatemalan women find healing and freedom...including her own.

This short documentary film chronicles the story of World Ride’s program in Guatemala through the eyes of Christa, their first ride leader in the country. World Ride is a registered 501c3 nonprofit that works to empower women globally through mountain biking.

"When you open a door, the universe does the same and starts to conspire to create something for you." -Christa Castillo

Media Kit is attached as a PDF below. You can also view synopses, posters, trailers, and stills here:

  • Hilary Lex
  • Ashley Hayes
  • Hilary Lex
  • Ashley Hayes
  • Christa Castillo
    Key Cast
  • Julie Cornelius
    Key Cast
  • Chris Gwinner
    Key Cast
  • Jess Hana
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Women, Adventure, Documentary, Short Documentary, Nonprofit
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Sony S-LOG Mirrorless, Drone
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Director Biography - Hilary Lex, Ashley Hayes

Hilary Lex:
Hilary Lex is a photographer, storyteller, and filmmaker based in Bentonville, Arkansas. She co-founded Trippool Media in 2021 - a media company that began with a focus on stories about the aviation and cycling boom in Northwest Arkansas. She then launched her own company, Hilary Lex Treks, in order to branch out into the editorial and travel space.

She aims to amplify and make space for women's voices around the world through documentary storytelling and her own personal projects. She seeks to make space for women in the world to be empowered creators and agents for social change.

Hilary lives in Bentonville, AR. She is also a Certified Wilderness First Responder and a Part 107 Licensed Drone Pilot. Libertad is Hilary’s first film!

Ashley Hayes:
Guided by a growing impulse to celebrate the world around her, Ashley’s journey into filmmaking was a natural fit. A former actress, writer, and digital marketing specialist, she fuses the style and sensibilities of an artist with the passion and curiousity of a journalist to create stories that reveal the best in the people and places around her.

She believes that in order to be interesting, you have to first be interested, and loves getting the chance to talk to interested people for a living.

Ashley lives in Bentonville, AR. She is the owner of Trippool Media and Libertad is her first film!

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