The Wall of Shadows (2020)

A film by Eliza Kubarska, 94' (52') / Dok

The Wall of Shadows (2020)

Festivals und Awards

Hot Docs Film Festival 2020 - International Spectrum
Docs Against Gravity 2020 - Competition

Synopsis

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. Herself an experienced alpinist, Kubarska captures breathtaking images of the majestic landscape, honouring the spiritual dimension of the environment.
(Charlotte Selb)

Crew

Director
Eliza Kubarska
Writers
Eliza Kubarska, Piotr Rosołowski
Producers
Monika Braid, Kaspar Winkler, Sabine Girsberger, Ümit Uludag, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly
Director of photography
Piotr Rosołowski
Editor
Barbara Toennieshen
Sound
Franciszek Kozłowski, Zofia Moruś
Composer
Marcel Vaid

Press

"Kubarska knows that the grandeur of the mountain is but a hill of beans compared to the human drama in the camp. The film is all the better for it."
Pat Mullen, Point Of View Magazine

Produced by 

Braidmade Films PL, Corso Film D, TILT Production CH 

Supported by 

Polish Film Institute, TVP, ZDF/ARTE, MFG Stuttgart, Bundesamt für Kultur, Zürcher Filmstiftung

Distribution

Switzerland: Vinca Film
World Sales: Rise And Shine

 

Photo gallery

  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Kumbhakarna photographed by Keith Partridge
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Ngada und Dawa Sherpa, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Dawa Sherpa, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Photo by Sergey Nilov
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Sherpa Family, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Marcin Thomaszewski, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Photo by Dmitry Golovchenki
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Sherpa Family, Photo by Piotr Rosolowski
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Dmitry Golovchenko, Photo by Eliza Kubarska
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Dewa Sherpa, Photo by Eliza Kubarska
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Jomdoe Sherpa, Photo by Eliza Kubarska
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Ngada Sherpa, Photo by Eliza Kubarska
  • Pressefoto Wall of Shadows, Photo by Dmitry Golovchenki