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Holly Morris, Director

Best Adventure Feature Film at 2022 Boulder International Film Festival

Against all odds and polar advice, a Muslim chaplain, a shy French biologist, a defiant Qatari princess, and eight other women from the Arab World and the West attempt to ski across the melting Arctic sea ice to the North Pole. They strap on skis and haul heaving sledges toward true North. With the Arctic sea ice cracking under their skis and temperatures of -39, they face fear and life-threatening dangers. Director Holly Morris and her crew capture the struggle of these boundary-breaking adventurers who, led by veteran polar explorer Felicity Aston, navigate everything from frostbite and polar bear threats to sexism and self-doubt in an intimate story of resilience, survival, and global citizenry. Exposure is a true story of audacious women who come together in pursuit of the extraordinary. They are, to date, the last ever to ski over the ice to the North Pole.

Released in 2021

Running time: 74 minutes

FHFF Film Category: Explorers & Adventures

FHFF Film Sponsor: Island Home Finishes


Friday, October 21 - 10:00 AM

Saturday, October 22 - 7:00 PM


Director Holly Morris will join us on Friday via live stream on the big screen directly following the Friday screening for a Q&A. A recording of the in-theatre Q&A will be available on demand from October 24-30 during the online portion of the festival. There will not be a Q&A after the Saturday screening.

ONLINE SCREENINGS: On-Demand October 24 - 30 on with a recorded Q&A from the in-theatre screening.

photo: a still from EXPOSURE


Director Holly Morris

For two decades Holly Morris has told, and championed, pro-woman, cross-cultural stories on the global stage. She is an internationally known filmmaker, author, and presenter (Adventure Divas, Globe Trekker, Treks in a Wild World). Her last feature film, The Babushkas of Chernobyl (“Beautiful, affectionate and stirring”– NYT) premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Directing, the first of nearly two dozen awards received before being broadcast worldwide. Based on her print journalism, the film is about a defiant community of women living inside Ukraine’s radioactive “Exclusion Zone.” The story is also the basis of her popular TED Talk.


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