This remarkable documentary starts out exploring the history and character of the Sherpa, but flips half way into a riveting document of a unique industrial dispute. The tourists’ attitudes to their implacable human packhorses is remarkable to watch – in a skin-crawling echo of American slavery the Sherpa are routinely referred to as ‘boys’, with one climber even asking who their ‘owners’ are. Jennifer Peedom’s film is stunningly photographed (how could it not be?) and brilliantly sly: she gives the tour guides and their rich, self-absorbed charges just enough rope to hang themselves, and they duly oblige. But it’s also a heartfelt tribute to the resilience of a people.

Source: Sherpa – Film – Time Out Sydney

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