Documentary On the First Disabled Man to Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp
A film documenting the incredible story of the first disabled man to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp on horseback is released next week.
My Everest follows Max Stainton-Parfitt on his mission to defy expectations. With a motley crew of friends Max, who was born with cerebral palsy, takes on the biggest challenge of his life.
Yet as the reality of his world-first trek dawns, putting his body through incredible pain, he is forced to dive deep into his own self-worth and question his motivations.
Featuring the astonishing scenery of the Himalayas, My Everest is a compelling documentary that invites the audience to understand Max’s world as a disabled man, and how his drive to defy societal expectations led him to put his life on the line, and by doing so, question why he felt he had to prove himself to the world.
"What people see as 'normal things', I see as rebellious acts which are challenging societal expectations and breaking those barriers," says Max in the film.
"For me, being independent was about breaking out of that 'disabled box' and being seen as just another human being."
A keen rider and advocate for the Riding for the Disabled Association, Max set up the Riding Everest project to challenge perceptions of disabled people and to raise funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association.
My Everest is in cinemas from 28 April, with a special preview screening of the film taking place at BFI IMAX on 27 April.
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