Baby Kino - DocFest: Mountain Queen - The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa 18

Showing as part of Baby Kino, DocFest 2024


This film is F-Rated

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Please note: this Baby Kino screening is exclusively for parents or guardians accompanying babies aged under one year old. 

The first Nepalese woman to successfully climb and summit Mount Everest - now a single mother working at Whole Foods in Connecticut - returns to the mountain for another attempt, motivated by her intrepid spirit and hoping to make a better life for her daughters.

Lhakpa Sherpa was once a record-breaking female climber. Now, she works as a supermarket dishwasher, raising two teenage daughters and recovering from an abusive marriage. When the opportunity arises to make one more ascent of Everest, she jumps at it, in the hope it will reverse her family’s fortunes. This exhilarating film by award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (WastelandThe Crash ReelCountdown to Zero) combines thrilling adventure with a tragic love story. It is also a sharp rejoinder to a sport that has too often been guilty of gender imbalance. In detailing Lhakpa Sherpa’s perseverance, skill and passion in reaching for the roof of the world, Mountain Queen shines a light on a woman whose accomplishments deserve greater recognition.

Lucy Walker
1 hour 45 minutes
English, Nepali


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