In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the Everest summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas’. 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.
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.
SHERPA is in UK cinemas from 18thDecember and will broadcast globally on Discovery Channel in 2016 http://sherpafilm.com/
“visually magnificent…richly textured…packs an emotional punch”
“Large, beautiful, captivating”
Winner of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival 2015
Winner APRA AMCOS Australian Screen Music Awards – Best Music for a Documentary 2015
Nominated for 4 Australian Academy Awards 2015