12 May 2024 By May Ng

Beyond the Finish Line: WISE Film Festival 2024

Day of inspiration and barrier-breaking short films raises funds for female empowerment in secondary schools

Local non-profit Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong Limited (WISE), is proud to present a day of inspiration and creative and athletic excellence on 1 June at the ‘Beyond the Finish Line: WISE Film Festival 2024’ (Time:  2:30pm – 5:30pm, Auditorium, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong).

Tickets for this inspirational event are now on sale.  Proceeds from sales will support WISE programmes for young girls in secondary schools across Hong Kong.

Tickets can be purchased via the Festival’s EventBrite.  

Capacity is limited to 400 seats and it is expected that tickets will be in high demand.  Tickets for the three-hour long festival are priced at $260 for Adults, $150 for Students and $100 for Children, Elderly and the Differently-Abled.

Adding even more meaning to this compelling afternoon, proceeds from the sale of tickets, on-site donations and sponsorship commitments will help fund WISE’s ongoing programmes promoting female empowerment through sport in the 12 local schools that WISE has been delivering their programs at during the academic year 2023 – 2024 across Hong Kong.

These programmes play a pivotal role in inspiring and empowering girls to pursue their dreams and overcome societal barriers.

“We are delighted to once again present the WISE Film Festival. Our theme of ‘Beyond the Finish Line’ is emblematic of this showcase of these inspiring women from around the world and symbolises the power of sport to help break down social barriers,” said Ms Alicia Lui, Founder & Interim Director of WISE.

“We look forward to sharing the story of these awe-inspiring women with people across Hong Kong, especially young girls who can take great inspiration from the heroes featured in this year’s Festival,” said Ms Lui.

Beyond the Finish Line: WISE Film Festival 2024:

The three-hour festival is a unique showcase of the beauty of diversity, equality and inclusion in sports.

Seven powerful short films from around the world will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with featured guests.  More details on this panel will be announced at a later time.

The films are:

Unseen Peaks: How visually impaired skier Addie found freedom through skiing, ice climbing and rock climbing, and how she overcame both the challenges of the mountain environment and the need to gain acceptance within the outdoor community as a disabled person.

23.4 Degrees: An emotive Journey with Canadian professional skier Anna Segal as she celebrates the amazing natural beauty of life at 23.4 degrees, the tilt of the Earth’s axis.

The Destiny of a Sherpa Woman:  Yangji returns as a mountain guide to her ancestral village in the Everest region – a place she thought to have left forever in her past. Part of the ‘Altitudes’ film series that explores the many facets of the relationship between humans and mountains across the world.

Rachel Maia – Back to Real Rock: New Zealand para-climber and Macpac indigenous community ambassador Rachel Maia is also a mother of three children. We follow her quest to complete her first outdoor climb in nearly 20 years on the first anniversary of her amputation.

Apayauq:  The tale of Apayauq Reitan’s journey to finish Alaska’s grueling Iditarod dog sled race.

Raised by Sand & Salty Water:  The film follows Moroccan skateboarder Wafa Heboul and shows how skateboarding has shaped her personal journey, while also exploring the broader influence of skateboarding and surfing on Arabic culture, even in deeply rural areas.

Ascend: The story of an incredible female climbing school and community in Afghanistan and the efforts of fellow climbers around the world to support them after the return of the Taliban.

The Beyond the Finish Line: WISE Film Festival 2024 would like to thank its patrons and in-kind sponsors for their support, including: Frank’s, HKM Fitness, Joint Dynamics, Pirata Group and Strength Culture.  Film Festival sponsorships remain available. For enquiries, please contact Ms. Nebra Younis at nebra@wisewomenhk.org or contact by phone 5500 4884.

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