Even with 124 films qualifying for a run at the Documentary Feature Oscar this year, the longlist from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t as extensive as in previous years. But as the doc branch sets to work narrowing the list down further, there’s a sense that this year’s race is still up for grabs.
While CitizenFour came out of last year’s New York Film Festival as the doc to beat, the class of 2015 comes from all corners. Amy is the boxoffice hit on everyone’s lips but Michael Moore’s return to form with Where to Invade Nextlooks set to give it a run. There are returning doc directors like Alex Gibney and Amy Berg as well as films from fresh-faced newcomers to the Oscar race, such as Cartel Land and Sherpa.
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Race Row on Mount Everest: Sherpas Square Off Against Racist Western Climbers
The documentary ‘Sherpa’ captures an intense battle between Sherpas and entitled Western climbers—including one very racist American.
By KEN JAWOROWSKI OCT. 1, 2015
What is the moral justification “for you to play what is essentially a game of Russian roulette” with someone’s life? It’s a brutal question posed by a journalist against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Everest. It’s also one that nags at you throughout “Sherpa,” an exceptionally absorbing documentary.
Anyone eager to see a stirring film set on Earth's highest peak is in luck: Just bypass "Everest" and go directly to "Sherpa," a documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.
"...in the mountains of Telluride, “Sherpa” has been a breakout success, generating the kind of chatter among tastemakers that leads to awards attention. The happy outcome is perhaps fitting for a film from a woman who was credited as “high-altitude director” on the 2006 mini-series “Everest: Beyond the Limit.”
Originally aired on Saturday Morning, Saturday 18 July 2015
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom is known for her intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances.
Jennifer Peedom talks to Noelle McCarthy about this challenging land and the people who live there.
This documentary about the Himalayan mountain guides packs a visual and emotional punch.
The economic and spiritual significance of Mount Everest is examined in “Sherpa,” a visually magnificent and richly textured documentary centered on the Himalayan guides who’ve led foreigners to the highest place on Earth since 1953. Filmed during the tragic climbing season of 2014 that forever changed how Mount Everest’s lucrative tourist industry operates, this film from experienced Aussie documaker Jennifer Peedom packs an emotional punch to match its awe-inspiring imagery. “Sherpa” is assured of a lengthy fest life and strong sales across all smallscreen platforms, and has claims for niche theatrical exposure. Release details for Down Under and Blighty are to be confirmed.
Dir: Jennifer Peedom. Australia. 2015. 96 mins.
Veteran high altitude director Jennifer Peedom climbs Mount Everest to champion mountaineering’s overlooked figures: the Sherpas who do the dangerous work which keeps Nepal’s climbing trade running. The only factual effort competing for the Sydney Film Festival’s prestigious $60,000 prize, this stunning documentary initially sticks to familiar beats of endurance and adversity. When nature unexpectedly intervenes, however, Sherpa swiftly proves as grippingly human and political as it does visually spectacular.
Full review here: http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/sherpa-review/5089226.article
Australian film-maker Jennifer Peedom’s moving study of Sherpa culture might be the most majestic-looking industrial dispute documentary ever made.
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A gripping account of the worst day in Everest history and the Sherpas for whom it was the final straw.
Rarely are documentaries as powerfully polemic and jaw-gapingly spectacular as Sherpa...
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