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BFI London Film Festival 2015

Review: Sherpa

A first-hand look at the effects of climate change.

Review: Sherpa

Sherpa

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

Mount Everest is known internationally as the tallest mountain in the world. It’s fearing and deadly and only a select list of names have managed to reach the ‘holy land’ – Everest’s summit. However, for every man who attempts such a feat, there is a team of Sherpa’s ahead of them preparing the way.

Sherpa is truly groundbreaking documentary by Universal Pictures and Discovery Channel. It tells the story of the Sherpas, an ethnic group living on the north side of Everest (Nepal) who both worship Everest (they call it, “Chomolungma”) and train their entire lives to work on the mountain – acting as guides, climbing supporters or porters.

But, in recent years, there has been a change in the waters and tension has been created between the Sherpa’s and foreign tourist climbers.

Jennifer Peedom’s truly fascinating documentary seemed to start recording just in time – a few days before one of the mountain’s deadliest avalanches, in which sixteen Sherpa’s died. As someone who had set out to produce a documentary investigating the deteriorating relationship between Sherpa’s and westerners, she couldn’t have picked a greater time.

Sherpa is thought-provoking, to say the least. One of the first times westerners are able to, hands on, see the effect of climate change and how it is (literally) ending lives in rural Nepal.

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