THE TENTH STEP

A Film by Thunder Dragon

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“THE TENTH STEP IS MORE THAN A BEAUTIFUL TRAVELOGUE OR EXTREME ADVENTURE FILM, WHICH IT CERTAINLY SUCCEEDS AS, IT’S SOMETHING MORE RARE – A FILM THAT MANAGES TO CONFIRM OUR RELATIONSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE WORLD IN A VERY PERSONAL WAY.”

CHARLES HORAK

'ON FILM' KTEP, NPR

FILM SYNOPSIS

World-renowned Scottish expedition leader Gerry Moffatt has spent a lifetime guiding in the Himalayas – pioneering first descents on rivers, overlanding, climbing, and exploring remote places in Nepal, India, Tibet, Pakistan and Bhutan. Turning 50, he embarks on a solo motorcycle adventure across the length of the mighty Himalayas – from Ladakh to the eastern edge of Bhutan – to document and better understand the changes he’s witnessed over 30 years of living there.

After 4,000 miles and 108 days on the road revisiting the places and people that shaped his life, Moffatt’s adventure unexpectedly continues as personal tragedy and Nepal’s devastating earthquakes upturn his world.

Faced with the brutal realization that things can change in an instant, Moffatt keeps a promise to himself to return one last time to a stretch of river that almost killed him 20 years ago. There, in the crucible of one of the world’s most infamous whitewater canyons, he reminds himself of what really matters in life. Set amidst 30 years of Himalayan adventure travel history, The Tenth Step is an inspiring and very personal story of self discovery and recovery in a rapidly changing world.

Gerry Moffat Driving up Bara La Cha Pass Ladakh on motorcycle

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THE FILMMAKERS

GERRY MOFFAT

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER,
EDITOR, EXPEDITION LEADER

PIA SAENGSWANG

WRITER, PRODUCER, EDITOR

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

“After living and guiding for 30 years in the Himalayas and in some of our planet’s most remote places, I found myself turning 50 and unexpectedly searching for some deeper meaning in life. I realized I wanted to find inspiration and hope as I headed off into my Third Act. Going on a solo adventure across the Himalayas was my attempt to revisit the people and places that shaped my life. Documenting the journey on film was risky. I didn’t know what we would end up with, but I knew the questions I was asking myself were universal to everyone at some point in life. “Who am I? What do I want out of life? What really matters ?” These were all questions I needed to answer. Our film stretches across not just 4000 miles of Himalayan highway and three years of filming in 6 countries…it ended up spanning a lifetime of reckoning, recovery and redemption. Let’s just say, I found the answers to my questions. We hope THE TENTH STEP shows people that life has a funny way of not giving you what you want, but giving you what you need.”

– GERRY MOFFATT

WRITER'S STATEMENT

“Living life is a messy, beautifully complex, and complicated endeavor for all of us, no matter who you are. I think understanding this fact makes it easier for us to relate to each other, even across seemingly great differences or divides. Gerry and I have very different backgrounds – I am by no means an extreme athlete or professional explorer – but we relate to one another in a very profound way because of our shared curiosity about the world, our common aspirations in life, and our mutual agreement on what “matters”. I’ve seen a lot of extreme adventure films and they’re all exciting and fascinating, but it’s the rare one that I can personally relate to…that stays with me, inspires me, and teaches me. Gerry’s the real deal in the expedition world and our film is definitely set against an entertaining backdrop of Himalayan adventure travel and extreme expeditions…. but I wanted our film to resonate with people on a very human level. To do that, I knew THE TENTH STEP had to be about something truly universal – a person’s inner journey to discover who they really are.”

– PIA SAENGSWANG MOFFATT