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Discovery to air ‘Sherpa’ on 18 April

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel will air ‘Sherpa’, a 2-hour film which tells the story of the Sherpa community that was affected by the massive avalanche.

The film premieres at 9 pm on 18 April, a day marked as the darkest in the history of the Mount Everest. It will also be telecast on Discovery HD World and Discovery Tamil at the same time.

The feature captures the 16 Sherpas killed during the 14 million ton avalanche in their most vulnerable and significant moment, united in grief and anger as they reclaim the respected mountain they call Chomolungma.

The film was originally positioned to showcase the upcoming climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view after a highly-publicised confrontation in 2013 between Western climbers and a group of Sherpas. While capturing the shifting dynamics of Everest climbing culture and legendary Sherpa Phurba Tashi’s world record-breaking 22nd attempt to summit the mountain, the team witnessed and captured the single deadliest day in the mountain’s history after an avalanche that struck just above Mt. Everest base camp.

Through the first-hand live recordings, voices of the guides themselves, their families and the climbers who were preparing to summit when the disaster struck, ‘Sherpa’ chronicles the historic moment of tragedy and resistance.

‘Sherpa’ will be a global television event that will be telecast in more than 220 countries and territories.

‘Sherpa’ is produced by Bridget Ikin, co-founder of Felix Media, a leading independent film and television company in Australia, and John Smithson, joint creative director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s top independent creative forces. It is directed by Jennifer Peedom.