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VIMFF: Kate Harris: Lands of Lost Borders

VIMFF: Kate Harris: Lands of Lost Borders

Between sneaking illegally across Tibet, studying the history of science at Oxford, and staring down a microscope for a doctorate at MIT, Kate Harris realized that she didn’t have to launch to the planet Mars to feel a sense of discovery. Weaving adventure, history, and reflections on her travels, Harris explores the meaning of “exploration” on our mapped and tamed world in this talk about her bicycle journey on the Silk Road.

Monday February 25th
Doors: 6:30 pm  Show: 7:30 pm



*Note: No Rio Groupons or Rio Passes accepted at this event.


Kate Harris is a writer and adventurer with a knack for getting lost. Her work has featured or is forthcoming in Outside, The Walrus, and Canadian Geographic, among others, with citations in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. A former Rhodes and Morehead-Cain scholar, she has received the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and a Banff Mountain Book Award, and was longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Canadian Geographic named her one of “Canada’s greatest modern women explorers” for her journeys edging the limits of nations and prudence, such as a long bike ride on the Silk Road and a ski traverse of the Pamir mountains chasing after Marco Polo sheep. Kate lives off-grid on the border of British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Lands of Lost Borders is her first book.

The Films:

Boy Nomad
BOY NOMAD follows a year in the life of 9-year old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains.  His first love is racing horses, but this winter he faces the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration.
Director: Niobe Thompson
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 21 min

Hike The Line
Long-distance backpackers, Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch, attempt the first ever 2,000-mile thru-hike of the U.S.-Mexico border, gaining a unique perspective on our borderlands while enduring the most difficult adventure of their lives.
Director: Corey Robinson
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 33 min

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