Everyone has their own journey, their own direction, their own azimuth. Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier chose a journey, but most would call it a long adventure, approximately 8000 kilometers long. Riding their bicycles and pedaling through Asia, from Mongolia to Kolkata, at the mouth of the Ganges in India, passing through Xinjiang, the Taklamakan Desert, Tibet and Nepal.
Watching this film in the middle of a pandemic feels like taking a deep breath of fresh air. This travel film about a couple who –very ambitiously—challenged themselves to an 8,000-kilometres bike tour across Asia, is filmmaking duo Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins’ début project, launching them into a career no less storied than this film. Constantly pushing their own limits while surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, the traveling filmmakers demonstrate their insatiable thirst for adventure in each frame. They’re interested in encounters: human exchanges, a roof shared for one night, smiles that bridge the language barrier. And surprisingly, what comes through more than anything else is the filmmakers’ shared declaration of love. We’re given the chance to witness a challenge through which two human beings choose one another all over again, under grueling conditions that could have torn apart any relationship built on a less solid foundation, but which here seal their creative and romantic relationships. Asiemut is a film filled to the brim with tenderness.
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Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier are film directors and producers from Quebec, Canada. Biologists by training, they discovered video production by documenting their adventures around the world. Awarded many times and widely distributed internationally, their work is devoted to documentary films focused on issues related to identity, social fabric, territory and social justice. Their first film, Asiemut, tells the story of their 8,000 km bicycle journey in Asia. It won 36 awards in addition to being distributed in 40 countries. Then, with Encounters and Québékoisie, they question the complex relationship between Quebecers and First Nations people. These films received many honours worldwide and Québékoisie has been translated into twenty languages. After holding more than 400 film conferences in Quebec, Europe and the United States, they dedicated themselves to the creation of Wandering, a Rohingya Story, their latest documentary about the Rohingya refugee crisis. Parallel to this project, they also designed and produced a multidisciplinary exhibition on display at the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts.