"To climb the house of God is not an option", Jomdoe argues when her husband Ngada considers an offer to guide three Western climbers on an ascent of the Nepalese mountain Kumbhakarna – a challenge which is said to be greater than Mount Everest. THE WALL OF SHADOWS is equal parts spectacular mountain climbing movie, family drama and a subtle exploration of the shifting power dynamics between tourist and guide. As the drama between the climbers escalates, it is mirrored by local folktales about the mountain and the hubris it inspires.
THE WALL OF SHADOWS is the winner of our competition for international documentaries, Documentaire Extraordinaire. The film will have an extra screening Sunday 18 October.
Eliza Kubarska (Poland) Selected filmography: K2 TOUCHING THE SKY (2015), WALKING UNDER WATER (2014), WHAT HAPPENED ON PAM ISLAND (2010)