In 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas on Mt Everest.
In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism but 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, but instead, captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.
At 6.45am, 18th April 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.
SHERPA tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
All funds raised go to REBUILD NEPAL Benefit Concert, an evening of music & joy featuring Toni Childs and Sacred Earth, to be held at the beautiful Crystal Castle, Saturday 29th October 2016.
Directed by Jennifer Peedom
Original soundtrack by Antony Partos
“exceptionally absorbing” – NEW YORK TIMES
“Grippingly human and political…visually spectacular” – SCREEN DAILY
“visually magnificent…richly textured…packs an emotional punch” – VARIETY