Following our interview with Hanifa Yousoufi - the first Afghan woman to summit Noshaq, Afghanistan's highest mountain - tonight's Friday Night Video documents the journey of a group of Afghan women who aim to make history as the first women in their country to summit Mir Samir, led and supported by US non-profit Ascend: Leadership Through Athletics.
In 2015, the team embarked on a 17-day expedition against the advice of their elders in an attempt to change perceptions of Afghan women, taking in three of the region's highest peaks, all over 4,876m. They named one unclimbed mountain 'The Lion Daughters of Mir Samir Peak.' 'Ascending Afghanistan' received a Special Jury Mention at Banff Mountain Film Festival and won the Best Culture film award at Kendal Mountain Festival.
Watch the trailer for an upcoming film documenting Hanifa's ascent of Noshaq earlier this year: