"[Sometimes if] you live an idealistic life, you tend to box yourself in this small world. We just have to trust there’s such a bigger world out there. If we respect our intuition, and work honestly and with patience, everything will be taken care of by the universe." - Wafia Nazreen, taken from an interview with National Geographic

It's no wonder why RYOT, in association with Apple, produced a stunning short documentary film for National Geographic's Emerging Explorer Wasfia Nazreen. She's not only the first Bangladeshi to climb the Seven Summits, but also an activist, writer, social worker and creator of a foundation called Ösel, which provides outdoor education and mindfulness training programs for adolescent girls in Bangladesh, Nepal, and eventually, the Greater Himalayan Region in its entirety.

The short film provides a peek at Nazreen's effort to empower her country's women and girls, and her meditation practice of "surrendering to the climb." It's one of the best films we've ever seen shot on an iPhone, and we're thrilled that they used our products, among others, like the FiLMiC Pro app, to help create it. If you ever hear someone say, "You can't shoot high-quality films on an iPhone," show them this.

Stay tuned for an in-depth interview with Stash Slionski, a pivotal part of this film and the music video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' No Love Like Yours (also shot on an iPhone), and more information on all of the gear that was used on this film.


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May 31, 2016 — Sean Lawrence
Tags: Filmmaking