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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

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Jennifer Peedom

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A moving story of courage and greed, set against the magnificent backdrop of Everest. See more »

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Australia | Nepal

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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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Arrow Media, Felix Media See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Director Jennifer Peedom also operated a camera. The cinematographers additionally trained Nima and Nawang Sherpa on Sony Handicams and GoPros to film the Icefalls. See more »

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British imperialism is alive and well.
24 April 2016 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

Isn't that grand?

Russell Brice, the New Zealand owner of Himalayan Experience, is the sort of person one would cross the street simply to kick in the shins (or worse).

His attitude towards the Sherpa is, at best, patronizing. He calls them "boys", and insists their unhappiness has been provoked by outside agitators. (One is surprised he doesn't say "Communists".)

His attempts to communicate comprise utterly disingenuous remarks ("Please tell me if I've done anything to anger you"), and empty platitudes ("We've got to keep moving forward"). Nowhere does he suggest that the Sherpa's concerns are more important than the continued success of his business, complaining at one point that he can't recoup the cost of rope if the climb is canceled.

"Sherpa" is nothing if not an attack on the way the gross materialism of Western "culture" corrupts almost everything it touches. No longer do you have to struggle to put together your own expedition. The Sherpa "boys" will do //all// the work for you. Just fork over a lot of money. One is reminded of films in which African bearers lug the accoutrements of the Western wealthy, so they can have a comfortable journey.


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