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HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission, the Film

A disease might shape her future but only she defines her legacy.

How far would you go to create a lasting legacy to make a difference in the world?

HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission, is a documentary film, Directed by Elettra Fiumi, that encapsulates the fear, excitement, ambition, determination, courage, and relentless psychological and physical struggles that come with living with a debilitating progressive disease and breaking down stigma and discrimination to help others.

Cara Yar Khan is a career humanitarian who has dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable and marginalized children in the world. In this film, Cara will candidly share her most raw and intimate thoughts and feelings about her unexpected life working around the world with the United Nations and living with a debilitating disease  which for all its struggles, led Cara to her calling to serve as a voice for people with disabilities.

Poised at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Cara and her husband John,  along with an award winning entourage of film producers, wranglers and white water rafters, began a 12-day expedition striding on horseback as they descended 5,000 feet of vertical loose terrain into the country’s deepest canyons. Three days later when they entered the heart of the Inner Gorge, they encountered the Colorado River, America’s lifeblood of the West. Here where the water meets the rocks, Cara dismounted from her saddle and set off by raft, for 8 days navigating over 150 miles of the United States’ biggest white water rapids. Throughout this journey, in a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, the expedition challenged and highlighted the integrity of the human spirit, contrasted and framed by the majesty and grandeur of this Natural Wonder.

Video: Watch HIBM Producer, John Masters helping veterans with disabilities in Grand Canyon 
After six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan John Masters is used to challenging environments and dealing with adversity. For this Expedition John wears many hats, first and foremost as Cara’s newlywed husband and primary caregiver, and one of the film’s Producers. In summer 2016 John led a group of wounded veterans, including Arizona native Army Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Cory Remsburg, who has even more limited mobility than Cara as a result of a serious Traumatic Brain Injury, through the Grand Canyon down the Colorado River on a similar rafting adventure. John knows what Cara will need every step of the way which allows her to be ready for every and any foreseeable situation.
Video: See the film crew in action, the legendary 4 Corner Film Logistics
The setting for this story takes us into the heart of one of the most challenging environments and wilderness areas left in the United States. Until recent history and for over a century The Grand Canyon was unexplored and was called The Great Unknown. We will visually reference and tie into the human spirit as Cara is metaphorically diving into her own great unknown, and moving forward bravely into the darkness like the first explorers of this unforgiving cataract.

The desert environment is described to be more than any other environment as stark, open and revealing. Cara’s journey through this canyon will tap into and reveal the same raw emotion, and fears for what is at stake, and what will be lost when she turns that metaphorical bend in the canyon wondering what is around the next corner.

Our production team has successfully completed more major film productions in the Grand Canyon than anyone else. We have developed specialized equipment and techniques for filming in this harsh environment that allows us to visually capture the essence of this Natural Wonder of The World.

Our camera work and techniques will include cable cam to compliment the movement and fluidity one feels as they trek, ride and raft through the vast openness and canyon walls. Through a combination of gyro-stabilized handheld systems and more traditional shaky handhelds scenes, we will evoke in our audience the rollercoaster of emotions that will be faced throughout this expedition; Cara will have moments of elation and freedoms from her condition living life to the fullest striding on horseback through this magical canyon as well as have the most challenging barriers and tasks she has ever faced in her life to complete this mission with her worsening illness.

HIBM Her Inescapable Brave Mission Director: Elettra Fiumi

Elettra Fiumi

Elettra Fiumi is a NY-based Florentine-American director and founder of Fiumi Studios. Her documentaries focus on intimate profiles that explore themes of discovery, creation and sense of place. She is currently directing HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission and A Florentine Man.

Elettra has told the stories of people, brands and places across nations and industries, including in fashion, art, architecture and education. She has worked on horseback, in a war zone and through white water rapids. Her non-narrated profiles are known to be intimate and authentic.

Elettra grew up in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Her childhood was a mix of this city’s strong sense of history, beauty and art, but also of invention. As a child, she was dragged around to screenings at the Florence Film Festival that her parents founded and directed. At home, her parents ran a subtitling company based on her father’s invention of the first digital subtitling system. There, too, she was surrounded by films and the multilingual translators who worked on them. In her work, she integrates her parents’ sense of the future and invention with Florence’s characteristic flavor for history, symmetry and what roots us.