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Meru

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Documentary | Sports | 2015

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Cast: Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk

Synopsis: In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with quickly depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one.Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.

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Winner!
Sundance Film Festival 2015
Audience Award
Documentary
True/False Film Festival
Official Selection


Full Frame
Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection

Nashville Film Festival
Official Selection


Telluride Mountainfilm 2015
Official Selection


Winner!
Telluride Mountainfilm 2015
Charlie Fowler Award

San Francisco
International Film Festival
Official Selection