Join us at the Carnegie Institution, as we launch the 24th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and celebrate its theme: Parks: Protecting Wild and the DC premiere of Sherpa (A Discovery Documentary Film).

Filmmaker Jennifer Peedom was following the legendary Phurba Tashi Sherpa as he prepared for his record-breaking 22nd ascent of Mount Everest when the unthinkable happened: a deadly avalanche killed 16 Sherpas, and their community united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain from the adventure industry that hires them to risk their lives. Through the voices of the guides themselves, their families, and the climbers poised to summit when the disaster struck, Sherpa chronicles a historic moment of tragedy and resistance in which the Sherpas and their families reconsider the spiritual, economic, and personal implications of climbing or not climbing Everest. Sherpa will air April 23 on Discovery Channel.


Directed by Jennifer Peedom and produced by Bridget Ikin and John Smithson. Shown with the support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation. Special guests include cinematographer Ken Sauls; film subject Norbu Tenzing, son of Tenzing Norgay, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa, mountaineering guide with 17 Everest summits; moderated by Jon Bardin, Supervising Producer, Discovery Channel.

Sherpa - Opening Night Event!

2015 AU, GB 96 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Global Perspectives, Indigenous Voices, Parks and Protected Areas