In a devastating twist of fate, Peedom’s cameras capture the worst tragedy in Everest history when a 14 million ton block of ice crashes through the Khumbu climbing route, killing sixteen Sherpas who were moving across an ice-flow to assist Western climbers.
The disaster provoked a reappraisal of the role of the Sherpas in the climbing industry and also gave Peedom and her collaborators pause to reconsider the nature of the film they were making. Resolving to continue, Peedom’s BAFTA-nominated film becomes the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
“This exhilarating film exposes many truths about money, Nepal, and the meeting of first and third worlds atop this alluring, spiritual peak” Perth International Film Festival
“Peedom achieves her goal in breathtaking fashion…Scaling such heights has rarely felt so intimate and personal. Grippingly human…visually spectacular” Screen International
Together with her cinematographer Renan Ozturk, veteran high altitude Australian director Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest) scaled Everest during the 2014 climbing season to make a film about the Sherpas who undertake the life-threatening work that underpins Nepal’s tourist trade.