Nothing will get you pumped for the start of winter like watching two people go on a bicycle journey on the other side of the world.
Cascade is showing “Asiemut” at REI tomorrow, Nov 19, at 7 p.m.
Here’s an excerpt of Stephanie Frans’ review of the film over at the Cascade blog:
The film “Asiemut” documents an epic self-contained bicycle journey from Mongolia to India made by an endearing young French-Canadian couple Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier.
“Asiemut” stands apart for its simplicity and substance. There are no computer generated special effects, there are no nearly-impossible cinematic feats, there are no troubled starlettes on the payroll. ”Asiemut”chronicles an epic journey made by complex characters against breathtakingly beautiful backdrops. And all of that is there for the taking by anyone willing to step out into the world.
If Melanie, who had never used clipless pedals before, could ride 8000 kilometers across the Talakaman desert and the Himalayan mountains and Nepali jungles, surely I could bike across the Midwest. Or Europe.
If Olivier could pour out his soul to the camera mounted on his handlebars, surely Bill and I could open up to each other and people of other lands and cultures.
If this sweet and humble couple could capture the hearts of so many people (and dozens of awards) with their story, perhaps there was a larger purpose for our smoldering desire to roam the world.