Sciana Cieni (The Wall of Shadows)

Sciana Cieni (The Wall of Shadows)

Poland/ Germany/ Switzerland

2020

93 min

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Poland/ Germany/ Switzerland

2020

93 min

Will your gods forgive you the sins committed out of love for your child? A Sherpa family breaks a taboo by taking part in an expedition to the Himalayan peak of Kumbhakarna, one of the holiest of mountains, to earn money for their son’s schooling so he does not have to take on dangerous and poorly respected work as a porter. The east face of the 7,710m mountain is one of the most difficult challenges in alpinism today. The holy mountain confronts the leading alpinists seeking to summit it and the Sherpas with equal ruthlessness. The story of an extreme Himalayan expedition is told entirely from the Sherpas’ point of view, like never before.

Will your gods forgive you the sins committed out of love for your child? A Sherpa family breaks a taboo by taking part in an expedition to the Himalayan peak of Kumbhakarna, one of the holiest of mountains, to earn money for their son’s schooling so he does not have to take on dangerous and poorly respected work as a porter. The east face of the 7,710m mountain is one of the most difficult challenges in alpinism today. The holy mountain confronts the leading alpinists seeking to summit it and the Sherpas with equal ruthlessness. The story of an extreme Himalayan expedition is told entirely from the Sherpas’ point of view, like never before.

Original Language

Nepali/ Tibetan/ English/ Russian/ Polish

Direction

Eliza Kubarska

Camera

Piotr Rosolowski

Editing

Barbara Toenieshen

Sound

Zofia Morus/ Franciszek Kozlowski

Script

Eliza Kubarska/ Piotr Rosolowski

Producer

Monika Braid

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Eliza Kubarska is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Wajda Film School in Warsaw and director of internationally awarded documentaries. Her debut, What happened on Pam Island (63 min, 2010), filmed in Greenland, won the Mario Bello Award at the Trento Film Festival. Walking Under Water (76 min, 2014, ARTE/ ZDF), shot on the seas and underwater around Borneo, explored the dying sea-nomad culture and won the Jury Prize at Hot Docs in Canada. K2 Touch the Sky (73 min, 2015, HBO), at the foot of the K2 mountain, asked what the price of passion is. The Wall of Shadows (May 2020) premiered at Hot Docs in Canada, as one of the nine titles chosen for the main competition out of over 3,000 entries. It won the Grand Prix at the Bergen International Film Festival and Best Film in Climbing at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Eliza also won the Zűrcher Filmpreis for best expeditions, including to Greenland, the High Atlas in Morocco, Mali in West Africa, or the tropical jungles of Malaysia. Eliza specializes in extreme location work and since 2008 has headed Vertical Vision Film Studio.

Eliza Kubarska is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Wajda Film School in Warsaw and director of internationally awarded documentaries. Her debut, What happened on Pam Island (63 min, 2010), filmed in Greenland, won the Mario Bello Award at the Trento Film Festival. Walking Under Water (76 min, 2014, ARTE/ ZDF), shot on the seas and underwater around Borneo, explored the dying sea-nomad culture and won the Jury Prize at Hot Docs in Canada. K2 Touch the Sky (73 min, 2015, HBO), at the foot of the K2 mountain, asked what the price of passion is. The Wall of Shadows (May 2020) premiered at Hot Docs in Canada, as one of the nine titles chosen for the main competition out of over 3,000 entries. It won the Grand Prix at the Bergen International Film Festival and Best Film in Climbing at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Eliza also won the Zűrcher Filmpreis for best expeditions, including to Greenland, the High Atlas in Morocco, Mali in West Africa, or the tropical jungles of Malaysia. Eliza specializes in extreme location work and since 2008 has headed Vertical Vision Film Studio.

Contact

Eliza Kubarska

UL, Swierkowa 3, 05-080 Izabelin, Polandeliza@verticalvision.pl

Contact

Eliza Kubarska

UL, Swierkowa 3, 05-080 Izabelin, Polandeliza@verticalvision.pl