Duration: 3 minutes
Website: Cracking Ice Ceilings
SYNOPSIS: Cholitas are Bolivian women with indigenous heritage known for their colorful attire, round top hats and ornate earrings. In the world’s highest capital city of La Paz, Bolivia, 11 Cholitas are on a mission to overcome sexism and discriminatory attitudes while climbing mountains in their traditional garb. Led by Jimena Lidia Huaylas, the Cholita Climbers were once high-mountain cooks. But since December 2015, they’ve been ascending the country’s snowy peaks as mountain climbers. United by their love of mountains and a sense of defiance, the Cholita Climbers will stop at nothing to attain the feeling of freedom that comes from scaling great heights.
DIRECTOR: Mariano Carranza
DIRECTOR BIO: Mariano Carranza is a producer/director for Great Big Story. He joined the staff in March 2016 after working as a producer for VICE Media from 2012 – 2016. He holds as BFA in Film + Television from NYU and resides in Brooklyn.