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The Summit

Situated on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the highest peak after Mount Everest and renowned as the most treacherous mountain in the world—which makes it the ultimate challenge for climbers. In August 2008, twenty-four experienced climbers set out to make it to the summit of the legendary mountain; less than forty-eight hours later, eleven were dead and three were seriously injured. What exactly happened on that fateful day—which is now regarded as the deadliest day in mountaineering history— remains a mystery, not least because of the sometimes contradictory accounts offered by the survivors.

Utilizing on-location footage, eyewitness interviews, and remarkably realistic re-enactments, first-time feature filmmaker Nick Ryan expertly weaves together the many competing narratives of the K2 disaster in order to piece together the true story of what actually happened that day. At the heart of the documentary is the extraordinary story of Ger McDonnell, who chose torisk his own life in order to save others—and paid the ultimate price for his courage and selflessness. Featuring breathtaking cinematography by Robbie Ryan and Stephen O’Reilly, The Summit is a gripping, powerful and moving film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.


"The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

"The Summit is at its best as it carefully dissects the multitude of things, from preventable human error to unavoidable natural event, that led to all that death. Just as interesting, and perhaps unexpected, is its examination of how we come to know what we think we know of reality, how unreliable presumed knowledge can be in an age when being first is often more important than being right." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Director: Nick Ryan
Featuring: Marco Confortola, Lars Nessa, Pasang Lama
Year: 2013
Runtime: 104 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English, Italian, Basque, Nepalese (English subtitles)
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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