“a thrilling journey alongside Hillary and his team of explorers as they made history once again.”
15 April-31 May
Grand Prize of the International Alliance for Mountain Film
In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to climb Everest. But Hillary never considered it his finest hour. The “best, the most memorable expedition,” was, he said, a 1977 jet boat voyage up the Ganges from the ocean to its source, followed by a climb up Akash Parbat (Sky Mountain) in the Himalayas. He undertook the expedition following the horrific death of his wife and daughter in a plane crash; director Michael Dillon accompanied Hillary’s team all the way. Filmed using handheld 16mm cameras, his documentary catalogued the expedition, and the altitude sickness that almost killed Hillary. Forty-three years later, Dillon has revisited the journey, remastering previously unseen footage and adding archive material. The result is a film that makes Indiana Jones look like a boy scout in training. This is a simply yet brilliantly shot homage to the greatest man of his time. Inspiring.