Atop Earth’s Highest Mountain: Discovery Presents the Acclaimed and Nailbiting Documentary SHERPA, April 23

— April 5, 2016

– 2016 BAFTA-nominated film follows Mount Everest’s Sherpa community after the single deadliest day in the mountain’s climbing history –
– Following the film’s debut on the international film festival circuit, Discovery Canada joins Discovery networks in more than 200 territories for the worldwide SHERPA premiere broadcast event –

“…a visually magnificent and richly textured documentary.” – Variety  

“…powerfully polemic and jaw-gapingly spectacular.” – The Hollywood Reporter

TORONTO (April 5, 2016)SHERPA, a powerful and captivating story told through the eyes of these elite mountaineering guides, makes its Canadian television debut on Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery. Sherpas, the local Nepalese people who make their living aiding foreign climbers to achieve their dreams of ascending to the highest point on Earth, have seen their fair share of disaster. On April 18, 2014, a massive avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpas and consequently changing the act of alpining Everest forever. From Director Jennifer Peedom, whose filmaking specifializes in depecting intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstance,SHERPA features exclusive access with members of the Sherpa community, their families, and Western adventurers who were getting ready to climb Mount Everest before the tragic event. The BAFTA-nominated film highlights this volatile time in the Everest climbing industry, which served as a turning point for many Sherpas and their families as they considered whether to continue working on the unforgiving mountain. Click HERE for a sneak peek of SHERPA. SHERPA originally began as a documentary about the upcoming climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view after a highly publicized confrontation in 2013 between Western climbers and a group of Sherpas. Peedom and her team planned to focus on legendary Sherpa Phurba Tashi's world record-breaking attempt to summit Everest for the 22nd time. Instead, they captured the single deadliest day in the mountain's history after an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall, an area just above base camp. Coverage of the aftermath aired around the world. Discovery cameras were also on Mount Everest during the tragedy in preparation to film a live event with climber Joby Ogwyn, which later turned into a documentary about the rescue and recovery efforts. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal of the Everest climbing industry.

– DISCOVERY –

SHERPA is producedby 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 U.K.’s top independent creative forces. For Discovery Channel, John Hoffman serves as Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials with Jon Bardin as Director of Development and Production of Documentaries and Specials.

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network in primetime among total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

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