Sherpa Review

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From Edmund Hillary's assault on the summit to today's corporate parties, Sherpas have been a irreplaceable fixture on the slopes of Everest. But at this documentary charts, their work is perilous and underpaid.


A tragedy during shooting shifted this film’s focus from a Sherpa attempting a record 22nd ascent of Everest to the ramifications of the April 2014 avalanche that killed 16 local guides. Nevertheless, this is a spectacular, intimate and politically provocative exposé of the dangers, racial tensions and harsh economic realities on the world's highest mountain.

Refocused on the hoof after the catastrophic 2014 earthquakes, 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.