Screening on Saturday 12 Jun – 7:00 PM

The Wall of Shadows


Dawa, the father of a family of Sherpas, is asked by a group of mountaineers to be an altitude porter in an attempt to climb the never-before-climbed east face of the imposing Kumbhakarna in eastern Nepal. This mountain, which is also called Jannu, culminates at 7710 m. It is one of the most technical summits of the Himalayas. Not only is the peak more difficult to climb than Mount Everest, but in the local Kirant religion, it is considered a sacred mountain that should not be climbed. For Dawa, it is an opportunity to earn money for his son’s education. But the mother, a pugnacious and upright woman, is against climbing the body of God. To allow her son to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor, she finally agrees to let her husband lead the three strangers up the mountain, on the condition that she and her son accompany them to base camp.

Director Eliza Kubarska accompanies the expedition and the family as they try to overcome both the pressure to make the climb possible and the extreme conditions, while respecting their religious beliefs. Eliza Kubarska, an experienced mountaineer, captures breathtaking images of a majestic world, that of the mountains, bringing out the spiritual dimension of nature and the environment.

The choice of the festival

The choice of the festival When we discovered this film, we wondered if it was a fiction or a documentary. Eliza Kubarska takes us into the intimacy of a Sherpa family facing a crucial choice. Should they risk their lives to earn enough money to give their son the education he dreams of? The spontaneous dialogues, captured with great force, are a testimony to a very masterful direction. Eliza spent many months with this family to gain their trust and to free their words. This film is extraordinary because it tells the story of an expedition through the eyes of those who are usually ignored: the porters. The ascent of Dmitry Golovchenko and Sergey Nilov, as remarkable as it is, takes a back seat. Eliza Kubarska does not leave her point of view and delivers a very great film which we are proud to propose the first presentation in France.

First broadcast in France

  • Director

    Eliza Kubarska
  • With

    Jomdoe, Ngada and Dawa Tenzin Sherpa, Dmitry Golovchenko, Sergey Nilov and Marcin Tomaszewski
  • Duration

    94 minutes
  • Country

    Poland, Germany, Switzerland
  • Release date


The projection

  • Screening date

    Saturday 12 June – 19:00
  • Place of screening

    Cinéma Vox Chamonix
  • In the presence of

    Eliza Kubarska

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