Every spring the summit of Mount Everest draws people from around the world. But in its shadow live the Sherpa, a resilient, religious people, who, despite the riches surrounding the highest peak on earth, are still quite poor and uneducated.
A child of the Khumbu, Apa Sherpa climbed Everest 21 times. Pulled away at the age of 12 to work as a high altitude porter, like so many others, he would leave his family for months, risking his life on the mountain. Through his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation, he aims to create a different future for his people.
As Apa says, "without education we have no choice."
In order of appearance: Pemba Sherpa, Apa Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa
Producer: Malcolm Sangster
Director: Eric Crosland
DP: Leo Horn
Cinematography: Eric Crosland, Erik Pütsep
Drone / Camera Assist: Clay Mitchell
Editor: Jay Macmillan
Visual Effects: Jeremy Kenning
Written by: Mitchell Scott, Jay Macmillan, Malcolm Sangster
Associate Producers: Dave Mossop, Mitchell Scott, Jerry Mika
Additional Cinematography: Everest Media Productions, Stranger Than Fiction Films, Renan Ozturk, Ralf Dujmovits
Post Production Supervisor: Tim Symes
Colorist: Eric Rosen
Sound Design & Mix: Jeff Yellen
Location Sound: Steve Henderson
Production Manager: Roland Eksteins
Still Photography: Paul Arthur Lockhart
Executive Producers: Magnus Welander, Tina Liselius, Erik Pütsep
Narrated by: Apa Sherpa
Custom Score by: Jacob Yoffee jacobyoffeemusic.com
Special thanks to the Apa Sherpa Foundation (apasherpafoundation.org) and Thule (thule.com)