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Meru

With jaw-dropping cinematography and and direct access to the trials, drive and anxieties of its renowned mountain climbing subjects, Meru is a hybrid of gorgeous nature photography and riveting nonfictional storytelling. Titled after Mount Meru, a 21,000 ft. Himalayan peak that looms over the Ganges River and features the iconic Shark's Fin, a massive sheer granite spine jutting out of the mountain's face into sub-zero degreed thin-aired space, the film focuses on three mountaineers as they take on the challenge to become the first to ascend its peak. Conrad Anker, famous for his ascents in Patagonia, Antarctica and the Himalayas; Meru co-director Jimmy Chin, an athlete distinguished equally for his skills in photography, climbing and extreme sports; and Renan Ozturk, a relative newcomer in this group, but already internationally respected as a free climber and visual artist, teamed up in 2008 to reach the summit, but dishearteningly and dangerously failed with a mere 100 meters to go. Amidst personal and professional risks& the climbers make the daring decision to make one more attempt.  Sean Uyehara, San Francisco International Film Festival

Year: 2015
Genre: Sport, Nick's Favourites, Film Festivals 2015
Country: USA
Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Duration: 86 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
7.7/10
Location in store: Documentary (Sport)

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