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Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa Is a Story of Peak Resilience

01 July, 2024

“’One guiding principle of this film was to take a wider view of what it means to climb,’ Walker, whose previous films include The Crash Reel and Waste Land, told Netflix. The mountainous metaphor became part of our visual storytelling —  not just the literal mountain, but the emotional mountain, the mountains of the mind and heart.”


“Lucy Walker’s critically acclaimed documentary, Mountain Queen, follows the remarkable woman who had to pretend to be a boy to secure her first job in the Himalayas – and hasn’t stopped fighting since…The film made its debut to standing ovations at the Toronto film festival and was picked up by Netflix to be released globally later this year. With the right momentum behind it, it seems ripe for the Oscar nominations list. Six years in the making, involving technical and at times perilous shooting conditions, it is a feat by British director and two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker.”


‘Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa’ premieres on Netflix on July 31st. The film recently won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at the Indian International Film Festival Los Angeles. It will have its New York City premiere at DOCNYC on July 2nd.