Ashima Shiraishi’s standard-smashing return to Hueco Tanks, Texas. Featuring her ascents of Crown of Aragorn (V13) and Barefoot on Sacred Ground (V12) at the age of 10. Directed by Jason Kehl. For more about her, check out the film Origins: Obe & Ashima, available on DVD or download.
Great article and recognition of her tiny stature and her giant strength!
From The Denver Post:
Boulder’s Sender Films took top honors at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale over the weekend, winning the five-year-old festival’s coveted “Best of Festival” award with the compelling short film “Obe & Ashima.”
Weaving a strong story into perfectly edited shots, the film fired up the crowd at last Thursday’s sold-out showing of “Obe & Ashima” in Carbondale.
As 9-year-old Ashima Shiraishi scrambled through moves that thwarted professionals twice her size – coached by the passionate, second-time-around climber Obe Carrion – the film left viewers rooting hard for both athletes as they uncovered different yet equally gratifying rewards in climbing.
Too often today’s athlete-driven films lack potent narrative. “Obe & Ashima” breaks out of that rut.