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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,... See more »

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Directed by

Jennifer Peedom

Written by

Jennifer Peedom ... ()

Produced by

Jon Bardin ... supervising producer: Discovery
David Gross ... executive producer
John Hoffman ... executive producer: Discovery
Bridget Ikin ... producer
John Maynard ... executive producer
Jennifer Peedom ... co-producer
John Smithson ... producer

Music by

Antony Partos

Cinematography by

Hugh Miller
Renan Ozturk
Ken Sauls

Film Editing by

Christian Gazal

Editorial Department

Wayne C. Blair ... assistant editor (as Wayne Blair)
Ben Blick-Hodge ... digital on-line / on-line editor
Ed Douglas ... editorial consultant
Prue Fletcher ... post production supervisor
David Gross ... digital on-line / head of post production
Lindi Harrison ... assembly editor
Elliott Magen ... assembly editor
Nima Sherpa ... translator
David Sprüngli ... assistant editor
Nichole Walkling ... post-production coordinator
Justine Wright ... consultant editor
Billy Wychgel ... colorist

Production Management

Bethany Bruce ... post-production manager
Prue Fletcher ... post-production supervisor
Mia Timpano ... producer's assistant

Sound Department

Daniel Brown ... adr recordist
Nick Emond ... sound recordist
Robert Mackenzie ... re-recording mixer
Sam Petty ... sound
Nathalie Resciniti ... dialogue editor & additional sound design
Angus Robertson ... head of sound: StageOne
Tara Webb ... dialogue editor & additional sound design

Visual Effects by

Bryn Farrelly ... senior compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

Jennifer Peedom ... additional cinematography
Ang Tshering Sherpa ... camera assistant
Nawang Tenzing Sherpa ... additional cinematography
Nima Tenzing Sherpa ... additional cinematography
David Sprüngli ... data wrangler

Animation Department

Al Moore ... animator: trailer

Music Department

Timothy Bridge ... assistant engineer
Daniel Brown ... score recording engineer
Jemma Burns ... music supervision / music supervisor
Wes Chew ... score mixer
James Ezra ... digital score recordist
Alehandro Gomez ... guitar
Alex Henery ... orchestral contractor
Andrew Kotatko ... music consultant to Sonar Music
Antony Partos ... tuned percussion
Julian Thompson ... solo cello
Jessica Wells ... orchestrator / piano

Other crew

Kay Bentley ... post-production script
Walter Bienz ... trailer production
Athena Chambers ... translation editor
Donna Chang ... production coordinator
Dinesh Deokota ... Kathmandu fixer
Paul Grindey ... legals
Leah Hall ... production accountant
Bridget Ikin ... translation editor
Danny LaCherve ... trailer production
Mark Rodgers ... stills post-production
Jeremy Saunders ... title designer
Caroline Verge ... legals

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Plot Summary

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 in the Everest industry. 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.

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Taglines Some Live to Climb. They Climb to Live. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Serpa: Spor na Everestu (Slovenia)
  • Шерпа (Russia)
  • 96 min
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Trivia Primarily shot using two Red Epic cameras, which were stripped down to minimize weight, and a collection of smaller cameras, including a Canon EOS-1D C , Sony NEX-FS700, GoPros and even cellphones. See more »

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