PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest

Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

USA | 2021 | 71 min. | Nancy Svendsen

Opens April 26, 2024

Transcending cultural barriers and consistently going against the grain, female Nepali climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa attempted to summit Everest four times in the early nineties. All three screenings include Q&As with special guests, including Pasang's niece, Mingma Sherpa, and President of the Northwest Sherpa Association, Jangbu Sherpa.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Sunday, April 28, 2024

PASANG chronicles Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s tragic and inspiring journey to become the first Nepali woman to summit Everest in 1993. As an uneducated, indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream to scale the legendary mountain pits her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. Her determined pursuit of Everest plays out within the context of her nation’s quest for democracy and the emergence of the commercial climbing industry. As told by the Nepalis who knew her, by some of the world's most notable alpinists, and by Pasang herself, her historic quest would transfix her country and uplift a new generation's belief in its possibilities.

  • Director: Nancy Svendsen
  • Principal Cast: Dawa Futi Sherpa, Marc Batard, Pasang Yangjee Sherpa PhD, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Lhakpa Phuti Sherpa, Lhakpa Geltsen Sherpa, Norbu Tenzing, Vincanne Adams PhD, Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, Jan Arnold
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 71 min.
  • Producer: Sharon Wood, Richard Levien, Christy McGill
  • Screenplay: Sharon Wood
  • Website: Official Film Site
  • Language: English, French, Nepali

Mingma Sherpa

Mingma Sherpa

Pasang’s niece

Mingma Sherpa is the niece of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, heroic Nepalese woman's figure and climber. Mingma was born and raised in Surke, a small village of about 50 people located just below Lukla, Nepal. Her father passed away on an expedition to Mt. Kanchenjunga the year before Pasang's summit of Everest and at the age of 7 Mingma moved to Kathmandu, Nepal to receive an education. Mingma emigrated to Seattle from Nepal in 2014 and today is a dental hygienist in Mukilteo and Edmonds.

Jangbu Sherpa

Jangbu Sherpa

Northwest Sherpa Association President

Ang Jangbu Sherpa was born in Kharikhola, Solukhumbu, Nepal. He completed a master’s degree in agricultural finance at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu where he owned and operated tour companies for two decades and worked in banking. In 2002 he moved from Nepal to Seattle where he has worked in the hospitality sector and has served as president of the Northwest Sherpa Association from 2005 to 2007, and 2022 to present.