Breckenridge Film Festival

"Pasang Part 1 & 2" Film Block

Expired September 26, 2022 6:00 AM
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This event is sponsored by: Meg & David Lass

This film block features two stories about two different sherpas, both named Pasang. The films are not related or based on the same sherpa's story.

The documentary feature film Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest brings to life the untold and inspiring story of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit Mt. Everest who, in her quest, awakened her country to the entrenched inequalities confronted and endured by women and in Nepal.

As an uneducated, indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream to scale the legendary mountain pit her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. The film follows Pasang as she works tirelessly to pull together the financial and structural support to try for Everest, and the ensuing obstacles and disappointments she had to face and overcome along the way. Her determined pursuit of Everest plays out within the context of her nation’s struggle for democracy and the emergence of a booming commercial climbing industry in the Himalaya. As told by the Nepalis who knew her, by some of the world’s most notable alpinists, and by Pasang herself, the film reveals the intransigence of the forces who opposed her, and the great burdens and personal costs she endured to gain her rightful chance to try for Everest.

On her fourth attempt at Everest in 1993, Pasang succeeded in reaching the peak, but her death on the mountain during her descent would shock and change her nation, sparking new movements among women and underrepresented people in Nepal to reach for their rights. The documentary probes the fault lines under the surface of the worlds in which Pasang had been laboring while simultaneously illuminating the high points of her legacy-- the scores of triumphant Nepali women mountain climbers who have carried her torch and since reached Everest’s peak.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    71 minutes
  • Language
    English, French, Nepali
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Nancy Svendsen
  • Screenwriter
    Sharon Wood, Sari Gilman, Adam Keker
  • Producer
    Nancy Svendsen, Sharon Wood, Christy Mcgill, Richard Levien
  • Executive Producer
    Alison Levine, Jan Katzoff, Robert Fischbach
  • Co-Producer
    Adam Keker, Andrea Pierpont
  • Filmmaker
    Nancy Svendsen
  • Cast
    Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Dawa Futi Sherpa, Dorjee Ang Sherpa, Marc Batard, Vinceanne Adams, Jan Arnold, Rudi Meier, Lhakpa Sherpa, Pasang Yangjee Sherpa, Norbu Tenzing, Mireille Schmitt, Pembu Norbu Sherpa, Phurna Kitar Sherpa, Raju Silwal, Pascal Tournaire
  • Cinematographer
    Martina Radwan
  • Editor
    Jeffrey Friedman, Sari Gilman
  • Animator
    Grand Jeté
  • Composer
    Todd Boekelheide
  • Sound Design
    IMRSV Sound
  • Music
    Todd Boekelheide