Every spring the summit of Mount Everest draws people from around the world. But in its shadow live the Sherpa, a resilient, religious people, who, despite the riches surrounding the highest peak on earth, are still quite poor and uneducated.

A child of the Khumbu, Apa Sherpa climbed Everest 21 times. Pulled away at the age of 12 to work as a high altitude porter, like so many others, he would leave his family for months, risking his life on the mountain. Through his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation, he aims to create a different future for his people.

As Apa says, "without education we have no choice."

In order of appearance: Pemba Sherpa, Apa Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa

Producer: Malcolm Sangster 

Director: Eric Crosland

DP: Leo Horn

Cinematography: Eric Crosland, Erik Pütsep

Drone / Camera Assist: Clay Mitchell

Editor: Jay Macmillan

Visual Effects: Jeremy Kenning

Written by: Mitchell Scott, Jay Macmillan, Malcolm Sangster

Associate Producers: Dave Mossop, Mitchell Scott, Jerry Mika

Additional Cinematography: Everest Media Productions, Stranger Than Fiction Films, Renan Ozturk, Ralf Dujmovits

Post Production Supervisor: Tim Symes

Colorist: Eric Rosen

Sound Design & Mix: Jeff Yellen

Location Sound: Steve Henderson

Production Manager: Roland Eksteins

Still Photography: Paul Arthur Lockhart

Executive Producers: Magnus Welander, Tina Liselius, Erik Pütsep

Narrated by: Apa Sherpa

Custom Score by: Jacob Yoffee

Special thanks to the Apa Sherpa Foundation and Thule

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