This short movie by Jordan Manley apparently is about 2 daredevils skiing in China but in fact, it’s much more than that. It’s about the history and the tradition of skiing in China and how it appears that stone age hunters may have used primitive skies to hunt in the mountains during winter.
Nowadays skiing is a winter sport adored by many and we have the luxury of have the best gear: best winter clothing, best quality skis and boots to along with them. In the past however our ancestors relied on wooden skis bound with leather strings and the hair from a horse’s leg propelled the hunter forward.
To top it all, incredible footage and masterful cinematography and story telling will keep you glued to your screen.
Skiing as sport is in it’s infancy in China, a phenomenon of the country’s exploding middle class. As a means of survival, however, it is thousands of years old, a stone age hunter-gatherer technology born in the Altai mountains where China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia merge. On a vast trajectory that spans 11,000km of Northern China, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots touch down into the rich past and dizzying future of these two respective Chinese ski cultures. As one rapidly expands, they find the other is at risk of disappearing.
via Jordan Manley