Skydancer / Die Himmelsläufer von New York

The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised America’s modern cityscapes. They are called ‘sky walkers’ because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for overcoming fear? Has ‘sky walking’ replaced an ancient rite of passage? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to survive? And what is their life really like, when every Friday at quitting time, they jump in their cars and make the eight-hour drive up north to their families on the reservation?


Country of Production
USA / Germany

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

44 / 55 / 72 min

Katja Esson

Penelope Pictures in co-production with filmproduktion and WDR in association with ARTE and Schenk Production

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

Brooklyn FF 2011
Margaret Mead FVF New York 2011
Hot Springs IDF 2011
American Indian FF San Francisco 2011
Indianer Inuit Nordamerika-Filmfestival Stuttgart 2012
Salem FF 2012
One World HRFF Prague 2012