Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, more than any other human. But he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. His dreams of being a doctor forever lost. It is a story all to common for the Sherpa people of Nepal, a story Apa aims to change with his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation.In this visually stunning short documentary, we follow young Pemba Sherpa, a young child who must walk six hours a day to attened school. Pemba’s story is a present day reflection of Apa’s past. One where the draw of being a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams of Nepal’s rural people. Dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.
Eric Crosland, Director of Sherpas Cinema, was born in Calgary Alberta. Growing up, the Rocky Mountains proved to have left an imprint of nature on Eric’s life that has manifested itself in his films.Eric graduated from Capilano college in 2004 with a advanced degree in motion picture production. Over his career in the film industry he has created over 162 episodes of television, 10 feature length films and 2 broadcast commercials. Eric now truly enjoys working in the collective of artists at Sherpas Cinema. He currently live with his wife and two children in Nelson, BC.