documentary film // CONRAD ANKER, JIMMY CHIN
Blindingly beautiful and meticulously assembled.
- The New York Times
In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas.
In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. What was meant to be a seven-day trip with the equivalent amount of food became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures, thanks to the setback of a massive storm that showered the mountain with at least 10 feet of snow. Like everyone before them, their journey was not a successful one. But they had reached further than anyone else, beaten back just 100 meters below the elusive summit.
Heartbroken and defeated, Anker, Chin and Ozturk returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced sudden physical and emotional challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru, one that Anker perhaps heard the loudest. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two life-long friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around.
Meru is the story of that journey—one of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession. Since its release, Meru has received critical praise, won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for a US Documentary, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars.
Awards & Festivals:
Official Selection True/False Film Festival
Official Selection Nashville Film Festival
Official Selection Telluride Mountainfilm 2015
Winner! Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Charlie Fowler Award
Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival