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SHERPA

TRAGEDY ON TOP OF THE WORLD

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By Charlie David Page
31st July 2016

In 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. 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.

At 6:45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.

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.

The 'Sherpa' competition has now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.

Competition opens at 5pm AEST on Sunday 31st July 2016 and closes at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 7th August 2016. Five winners will be chosen at random on Monday 8th August 2016. To successfully win, entrants must fulfil the above entry conditions before the time the competition closes. Current members/followers are eligible to enter the competition. Only one entry per person. Only one winner per household. To be a valid winner, the entrant must not have won a prize from SWITCH within the last 28 days. Each winner will receive one Blu-ray copy of 'Sherpa'. By entering, you agree to receive occasional emails from SWITCH in the future. If you decide to unsubscribe from these updates, any further entries will not be applicable. Only Australian residents are eligible to enter.

'Sherpa' is available on Blu-ray, Digital and DVD on Thursday the 4th August 2016 from Transmission.

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RELEASE DATE: 04/08/2016
RUN TIME: 1h 36m
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Jennifer Peedom
PRODUCERS: Bridget Ikin
John Smithson
SCORE: Antony Partos
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