A Land Shaped by Women

Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock present

« a land shaped by women »

“Best Film” award at St. Anton Film Festival 2018, selected for the 10th Annual Ladies Filmmakers Festival in Hollywood

Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) and Aline Bock (GER) are honoured to announce the release of their latest film project « a land shaped by women » premiering at film festivals and touring across Europe this fall. The movie is an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about snowboarding and surfing. On the road, they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset of living in a country with a rich history in gender equality.

As their travel unfolds, playing in the mountains, in the waves or under the spectacular northern lights, they introduce viewers to the iconic Icelandic women they met along the way. The movie is empowering women and bringing a feminine narrative to the outdoor practice, it brings gender equality to the front of the debate. Anne-Flore added:

“We wanted to bask in the positive vibes of the Icelandic women’s movement and inspire to embrace a new mindset to a different kind of adventure!”

About the protagonists: Gender equality has a long history and a special status in Iceland. As professional snowboarders who’ve fought hard for gender parity in a male-dominated sport throughout their careers, Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock wanted to dig deeper into Icelandic women’s mindset while combining it with their love for the mountains and the waves.

"The Icelandic women we met are highly empowering!"

As soon as we arrived we had the chance to meet Katrin Oddsdóttir, a human rights lawyer who took part in writing Iceland’s new constitution. She works towards creating a society with more equality. We received motivational tips from Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, the first Icelander who has reached the summit of Mount Everest, she is a true explorer who has crossed the South Pole single-handedly. In the north, we went snowboarding with Heida Birgisdóttir, Iceland’s first surfer, one of the first snowboarders and the founder of the iconic women’s board sports clothing brand Nikita. Her modest, relaxed manner and dedication to doing the things she loves reminds us that women do not necessarily have to impose a strong character in order to achieve big goals and follow their dreams. Last but not least we met Una Torfadottir, a young woman who wrote a poem that will make you shiver about the way our society judges women on their looks and how it affects young women. Through our journey, we received empowering testimony on some of the biggest women’s related issues of today.

About Iceland: Iceland has long held the nuance of the most beautiful landscapes, the perfect playground for split boarding through the mountains, incredible surf sessions in the cold water and hiking under the most spectacular northern lights. The country has led an important role in the modern history of equal rights, being the first country in the world to elect a female president on universal suffrage. Iceland ranks first in the United Nation’s gender equality index and has done so nine years consecutively.

« a land shaped by women » was screened at film festivals around the world and won 13 prizes already!

  • Best Short Film at the « Lady Filmmakers » in Beverly Hills California USA
  • Best Short Documentary at the « Lady Filmmakers » in Beverly Hills California USA
  • Best Film at St Anton Film Festival in Austria
  • Best Feature Film at Shextreme Film Festival in Bristol UK
  • Outstanding Excellence of Human Spirit at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
  • Outstanding Excellence of Cinematography at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
  • Best of Show at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography at Rising Above Festival Los Angeles USA
  • People’s Choice at Adventure Uncovered Film Festival London UK
  • Social Spotlight at Adventure Uncovered Film Festival London UK
  • Best film in Environment & Culture at International Mountain Film Festival Pakistan
  • Best Soundtrack Innovation Film Festival Switzerland
  • Best Cinematography Innovation Film Festival Switzerland

A Land Shaped by Women is now available to watch On Demand and can be found here: