The Wall of Shadows

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Poland
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Ghunsa Dialect (Tibetan)
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Labour & Working People
Religion & Spirituality
South & Central Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Eliza Kubarska
Producer(s):Monika Braid
Umit Uludag
Kaspar Winkler
Executive Producer(s):Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
Agnieszka Balicka
Editor(s):Barbara Toennieshen
Writer(s):Eliza Kubarska
Piotr Rosolowski
Cinematography:Piotr Rosolowski
Composer:Marcel Vaid
Sound:Franciszek Kozlowski
Zofia Morus


When a Sherpa family is asked by a group of westerners to lead a trek up the never-conquered east wall of the imposing Kumbhakarna Mountain in Nepal, they’re confronted with a dilemma. Not only is the summit reputed to be more challenging than Mount Everest, but according to the local Kirant religion, it’s a sacred mountain that is not supposed to be ascended. While the father would like to earn the money necessary for his son’s education, the mother, a fierce woman who supports her boy’s dream of becoming a doctor, is adamant that they shouldn’t hike God’s body. Director Eliza Kubarska follows the expedition after the family agrees to guide the three foreigners, negotiating as best they can the pressure to finish the climb, the dangerous conditions and their own religious beliefs. Herself an experienced alpinist, Kubarska captures breathtaking images of the majestic landscape, honouring the spiritual dimension of the environment. Charlotte Selb

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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