K2: Siren of the Himalayas

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USA | 2012 | 75 Minutes | Dave Ohison

September 26 - 28, 2014

Filmmakers in attendance Sept 26 & 27 | The second highest peak on Earth, K2 is also one of the most dangerous. This breathtaking documentary follows a team of world-class alpinists in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering, as they attempt to summit the peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi's landmark expedition.

With an altitude of 8,611 meters, for every four people who have reached the summit of K2, one person has died trying. World-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec are ready to accept the challenge. K2: Siren of the Himalayas follows their expedition and also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.


"Offers great beauty while capturing something of what pulls the adventurous to try to reach the world's second highest peak. It's a trek as thrilling as any Hollywood summer blockbuster, with real-life plot twists of death, unexpected heroism, and surprise endings...a must-see." – Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice

"Beautiful mountaineering film...an account of one modern expedition that draws fruitfully upon the lore of another." – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Well-wrought...the documentary's biggest highlight is its climbing footage; the film gets in close, with snow on the lens, and captures the sound of piercing winds at high altitude." – Ben Kenigsbergaug, The New York Times

"This is a REAL movie about REAL climbing… the most accurate and down-to-earth depiction of big mountain climbing out there." – Emilie Cortes, Sierra Journal

  • Director: Dave Ohison
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 75 Minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • US Distributor: First Run Features