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Sherpa (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 April 2016 (USA)
A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Peedom

Writer:

Jennifer Peedom
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Russell Brice Russell Brice ... Self
Tim Medvetz Tim Medvetz ... Self
Phurba Tashi Sherpa Phurba Tashi Sherpa ... Self
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A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults - even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14,000 ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas ...

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Some Live to Climb. They Climb to Live. See more »

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Much was shot handheld, and Freefly Systems also lent the production a MoVI lightweight stabilization rig that was used in conjunction with the Red Epic for some sweeping shots. Also some aerials from a helicopter were shot 'hanging out an open door'. See more »

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Documentary & Drama Come Together in a Evocative & Technically Impressive Documentary

I went in expecting a 'spectacle documentary' but Sherpa turned out to be so much more.

As with so so many great documentaries, the film-makers went in expecting to make one type of film and came out with something much more than they could surely have hoped.

The spectacle of the cinematography should be enough to draw an audience; if that fails the human story is powerful - moments of heavy emotion and a heart-rending look in a wife's eyes still rattle about in my head.

Many other themes are strewn throughout also, giving the film a pleasing depth - politics, racial divides and differences, economic realities of mountain life and exploitation of nature amongst them.

One of the greatest triumphs for me is that we go on our own expedition with the subjects but also with the film-makers: As their plans become derailed and their film goes in a direction they could not have expected we join them - We find ourselves embroiled in real- life drama and tragedy in perhaps the most dramatic of all locations on Earth.


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Country:

Australia | Nepal

Language:

Nepali | English | Chinese

Release Date:

26 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serpa: Spor na Everestu See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Everest, Nepal

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$996,031
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Arrow Media, Felix Media See more »
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