Climbing Mount Capital

Filming a metaphor in Pakistan

Part 2 of our @iara_lee feature looks at one of the director's more recent documentaries about Climbing 'K2', and the local porters who work carrying gear and luggage up mountains. In doing so, we look at the the symbolic association between mountains, mountain climbing and capitalism, and explore how what we see in Lee's documentation of 'K2' in Pakistan seems to affirm the symbolism, but in a way that feels more cutting than celebratory. The image of Mount Capital quickly becomes an ominous and treacherous warning forever dominating the horizon.