This short film, featured in the National Geographic Short Film Showcase, highlights the realities of life for those born in the shadow of Mount Everest, the Sherpa people. Despite Nepal’s booming mountaineering industry, the Sherpa people remain poor with few educational opportunities. Many become porters to support their families because few other options exist. They risk their lives every season. Since 2014, more than 30 porters have died working on Mount Everest. Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest (21 times), now works to provide education and greater opportunities for the children of Nepal through his foundation, the Apa Sherpa Foundation.
This moving short film is worth watching – it draws attention to the important issue of education for the Sherpa people and the cinematography is breathtaking.