Rarely are documentaries as powerfully polemic and jaw-gapingly spectacular – The Hollywood Reporter

It was supposed to be a film about the fallout from a highaltitude fracas, as relations between foreign climbers and Mount Everest’s Sherpas soured. But when Australian filmmaker and mountaineer Jennifer Peedom embedded her cameras with an expedition last year, she chanced upon the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history – a 14 million tonne block of ice thundered right through a climbing route, killing 16 of the highly-skilled Himalayan guides.

Winner of the Grierson Documentary Award at the recent BFI London Film Festival, the riveting Sherpa tells of the tensions leading up to the disaster, and how the workers of the world’s most dangerous service industry united in grief and anger to reclaim their mountain.