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The Wall of Shadows (12a)

Fri 29 Apr 2022 - Thu 05 May 2022



£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s


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The Wall of Shadows (12a)

Dir. Eliza Kubarska.
2020 | 94 mins | Poland, Germany, Switzerland
Tibetan, Nepali, English, Russian, Polish with English Subtitles


  • Fri 29 April: 5pm
  • Sat 30 April: 2pm
  • Sun 1 May: 3.45pm
  • Thu 5 May: 6pm

This multi award winning documentary from filmmaker Eliza Kubarska follows a Sherpa family who must decide if they will break a cultural taboo to climb Khumbakarna, the most sacred of their mountains. According to the local Kirant religion it is forbidden to climb Khumbakarna, but to the International climbing community the mountain is deemed to have a summit more challenging than Everest’s.

When asked by a Western expedition, including Marcin To- maszewski, one of Poland’s most well-known climbers, and the Russian alpinists Dmitry Golovchenko and Sergey Nilov, to lead their party, the family faces a dilemma driven by the need to earn money for the education of their son, who wishes to become a doctor.

The film follows the expedition, as the family negotiate the dangerous climb, uncertain conditions, and their devotion to their religion…

“This story is becoming even more poignant as we observe our anthropocentric Western ways which are heading for disaster, we need to be more humble towards nature.” Monika Braid, Producer

THE WALL OF SHADOWS – official trailer from Vertical Vision on Vimeo.


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