Tsukamoto Kenji
United States | 2023 | 86 min
International Premiere
Languages : Japanese, English
Subtitles : English, French

At the tender age of 13, Ashima is a worldwide climbing star. With no time for teenage angst, she’s all discipline and rigour as she travels the globe taking part in competitions and climbing new walls, always accompanied by her trainer: her father! What sacrifices lie behind such a dazzling career? An intimate portrait dedicated to perseverance and love.

Legal age: 12 years, suggested age: 14 years

When he met Ashima Shiraishi in 2021, filmmaker Kenji Tsukamoto realised just how much he could have used a role model like her during his childhood as a Japanese immigrant in the United States. He decided to film her over the course of a year, as she attempted to become the youngest person to complete one of the world's most difficult climbs in South Africa. Yet the ascent would not be her only battle. She would also have to find her place in this competitive world dominated by white men, overcome her extreme shyness, manage both celebrity and solitude, the peaks and the sometimes painful falls. And, above all, manage the expectations of her coach father, a former dancer, finding the tenderness in his firmness and living up to the sacrifices that immigrant parents must sometimes make for their children. Growing up, living life between two cultures, the obsession with success and the pursuit of the American dream.

Anne Delseth
Ashima, 2023
Beehive Stories: Millard County, 2011

Screenings and tickets

Thursday 18 April 2024 18:15
Théâtre de Grand-Champ, Gland, Gland
In the presence of the director

Saturday 20 April 2024 11:00
Usine à Gaz 2, Nyon
In the presence of the director


Kenji Tsukamoto
Stephen Urata
Boston McConnaugheyKelly NickelsVictoria ChalkSamuel J. Rong
TOKiMONSTATravis Stewart
Minji Chang
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