Synopsis: High Passes takes us from the beautiful Himalayan mountains of India, to the busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur while we follow India’s first women’s ice hockey team as they compete for international glory.
When I first heard about women playing ice hockey in India I was astonished. It sounded like the film Cool Runnings. Once we managed to gather funds and go to Ladakh to film, we quickly realised that it was far from being a joke. The region is breathtaking and the women’s team take the sport very seriously. They have had to overcome so many challenges; climate change, lack of fundings, people not taking them seriously, to name a few! They are the toughest and loveliest women I have ever met, they never give up and they really are an example to women worldwide.
Cosima Barzini is a London based documentary filmmaker and camera operator. Cosima is French and Italian and has worked on productions for Sky Arts Italy and UK, Feature docs such as Revolution: New art for a New World by Margy Kinmonth and independent productions of short documentaries, music videos and live events. Cosima has a master’s degree in Documentary Film from the London School of Communications (UAL) and her documentary A Beautiful Mess (2015) was selected by Watersprite film festival and nominated at Screentest film festival. Her passion lies in art and character driven documentaries from undiscovered parts of the world.