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In “Sherpa,” director Jennifer Peedom shifts the focus away from the tourists who climb Mount Everest, shining a light on the Himalayan locals who help shepherd them up the mountain. In a chat with Indiewire Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris for the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) screening series, Peedom keeps the sherpas center, crediting them for doing as much as 80% of the work of getting a climber up Everest.
The pair discussed a range of topics, including the practical dangers of shooting a film on a mountain and why sherpas are being erased from mountain-climbing narratives. Peedom also gives devastating details about when she turned the cameras off, discussing the avalanche that inadvertently filled her film with tragedy.
“Sherpa” was released in theaters earlier this year. Check out highlights from the IDA chat.