Sherpa

Sherpa

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Sherpa

In 2013 a group of Western climbers and angry Sherpas allegedly got into a confrontation that made global headlines. This documentary explores the unequal relationship between cashed-up foreign expeditions and their guides, plus local tradition, as exemplified by Phurba Tashi Sherpa, an experienced climber.

Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavor is multiplied.

2015Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language96 minsAustralia
Documentary
Director:
Jennifer Peedom ('Miracle on Everest', 'Solitary Endeavour on the Southern Ocean')
Cast:
Phurba Tashi Sherpa
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Packs a visual and emotional punch.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Should be a hugely impactful film with an emotional impact. Instead it falls short - not because of the content but due to the treatment.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Exposes the shockingly self-centred and entitled attitudes of some of the western climbers.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Stunningly photographed and brilliantly sly... it’s also a heartfelt tribute to the resilience of a people.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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An exceptionally absorbing documentary.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This moving study of Sherpa culture might be the most majestic-looking industrial dispute documentary ever made.

4.0
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

An accomplished, gripping film.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Towering... A gripping account of the worst day in Everest history and the Sherpas for whom it was the final straw.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Jennifer Peedom's film pulls no punches in exploring the culture and work of this unheralded group, as well as their frequent exploitation by Westerners.

4.0
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Everyone knows that documentaries tell the truth. Well, at least somebody’s version of the truth. On the one hand there are participative documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) starring its interventionist director Michael Moore, and on the other hand there are observational documentaries like Sherpa (2015) where the camera is the chief story-teller. ...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Packs a visual and emotional punch.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Should be a hugely impactful film with an emotional impact. Instead it falls short - not because of the content but due to the treatment.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Exposes the shockingly self-centred and entitled attitudes of some of the western climbers.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Stunningly photographed and brilliantly sly... it’s also a heartfelt tribute to the resilience of a people.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An exceptionally absorbing documentary.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This moving study of Sherpa culture might be the most majestic-looking industrial dispute documentary ever made.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

An accomplished, gripping film.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Towering... A gripping account of the worst day in Everest history and the Sherpas for whom it was the final straw.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Jennifer Peedom's film pulls no punches in exploring the culture and work of this unheralded group, as well as their frequent exploitation by Westerners.

4.0
0

Everyone knows that documentaries tell the truth. Well, at least somebody’s version of the truth. On the one hand there are participative documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) starring its interventionist director Michael Moore, and on the other hand there are observational documentaries like Sherpa (2015) where the camera is the chief story-teller. ...

4.0
0