The Magic Mountain is a film that captures the beauty of the austere Himalayan landscape of Ladakh and the colorful traditions of a Tibetan Buddhist culture, bending its tried and true ways to address the 21st century dilemma of how an ancient society deals with the process of change.
Canadian filmmakers Pat and Baiba Morrow spent 3 years making the film, including five months shooting on location in Ladakh. The Magic Mountain is a tribute to the power of one individual – Cynthia Hunt – who has truly made a difference in the developing world.
They first met Cynthia in 1991 when she worked in a Tibetan refugee camp in Ladakh. 10 years passed before their paths crossed again, and they saw a chance to collaborate and revisit one of their favorite parts of the Himalaya .
Dressed in a traditional shalwar khameez and a Montreal Canadiens baseball cap pulled down over her braids, Cynthia's 25kg backpack is self-contained with camping gear, food and teaching materials. She spends weeks at a time in places far from any road, traversing 5,000 meter passes, camping on lofty ridges to draw her books, or walking over brittle ice in a winter journey through the Zanskar River gorge.
What shines through the whole film is Cynthia's commitment to helping Ladakhis cautiously enter the 21st century with informed decisions.
Click here to see a short trailer for The Magic Mountain
Click here to visit Pat and Baiba Morrow's website