Watch: First Trailers for Jennifer Peedom's Outstanding Doc 'Sherpa'
"Sherpa people have a great respect for that mountain." The first teaser trailer has debuted for one of my favorite documentaries of the year, titled Sherpa, playing at the Toronto Film Festival this week. I saw this at Telluride and totally loved it. Directed by Jennifer Peedom, Sherpa tells the story of the hard-working sherpas of Nepal, who do all the very challenging work hauling loads of supplies up and down mountains like Everest while western climbers wait. The footage of the sherpas working, all the climbing, and being in the right place during so many incredible moments - like the tragic avalanche in 2014 that killed 16 sherpas - is what makes this doc so amazing. Get a glimpse at some footage, along with the buzz out of TIFF, below.
Here's the first teaser trailer for Jennifer Peedom's documentary Sherpa, from Transmission's YouTube:
Sherpa was a true treat. #TIFF15 The power of documentaries is unmatched
— Resident Tourist TO (@ResTourist_TO) September 16, 2015
Truly transforming the way people see the world through Film! Go see Sherpa - it will open your eyes!! #TIFF
— Rahim Rajani (@fotoneo) September 16, 2015
In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. 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 in April of 2014. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavor is multiplied. This stunning doc, shot by high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk, explores the unequal relationship between cashed-up foreign expeditions and their guides. Sherpa is directed by Jennifer Peedom. It premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, and also played at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Opening in both NY & LA starting on October 2nd.