The Wall of Shadow
The Wall of Shadow

The Wall of Shadow

By Eliza Kubarska

With Marcin Tomaszewski, Dmitry Golovchenko, Sergey Nilov, Nada Sherpa, Jomde Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa

Poland, Germany, Switzerland | 2020 | 94'

A Sherpa family breaks a taboo and climbs the most holy of mountains to earn money for their son’s education. They accompany a western expedition on East Wall of the Khumbakarna Mountain, a wall that has never been climbed before.

When a Sherpa family is asked by a group of westerners to lead a trek up the never-conquered east wall of the imposing Kumbhakarna Mountain in Nepal, they’re confronted with a dilemma. Not only is the summit reputed to be more challenging than Mount Everest, but according to the local Kirant religion, it’s a sacred mountain that is not supposed to be ascended. While the father would like to earn the money necessary for his son’s education, the mother, a fierce woman who supports her boy’s dream of becoming a doctor, is adamant that they shouldn’t hike God’s body.

Director Eliza Kubarska follows the expedition after the family agrees to guide the three foreigners, negotiating as best they can the pressure to finish the climb, the dangerous conditions and their own religious beliefs. Will the Kumbhakarna gods forgive the Sherpas for their insolence?

Herself an experienced alpinist, director Eliza Kubarska captures breathtaking images of the majestic landscape, honouring the spiritual dimension of the environment.

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