Self-denial, a love of risk, the enthusiasm of a conquest, these are the things that come to mind when we talk about the early mountain guides. The developement of this profession is illustrated by portraying the various personalities of the original and traditional guides. The film takes us with reportages across Meije, during the celebrations and religious rituals, during a visit by expert guides.
Born in 1953 in Chamoniard, France, Gilles Chappaz is a journalist, television consultant, ski instructor and member of the Higher Council of Mountain Sports. He is the film producer for Migoo Productions, which specialises in making mountain films. He works on the production of France 3’s programme Montagne Magazine. As a director, he has made a host of documentaries and films about skiing and the mountains, including Sur le fil des 4000, Lignes de Pente, Berhault, La Voie Terray and Extrement Votre. He has taken part in numerous editions of the Trento Film Festival.