Sherpas - The True Heroes of Mount Everest


This film shows the work, the hardship and the life of the Sherpas at the Mount Everest. With their eyes we follow the expedition of V the Swiss mountain guide Kari Kobler and his European climbers to the highest mountain of the world. For the first time this film shows the stories of the Sherpas, their feelings and fears on the climb of Mount Everest. They tell us bluntly what it means for them f V to work for Western clients, to act as their ladders to the top of the world. We experience their successes but also tragedy when the expedition loses a member.


Frank Senn

Frank Senn has worked for 20 years for Swiss Television as a journalist and producer for different programmes such as Time Out, 10 vor10, SF Speziai and MT\N. For over 10 years now he has concentrated on documentary films with an emphasis on mountaineering and adventure, several have won awards at international film of them having been made in Nepal and Tibet. His films have won award at Internatioanl film festivals.

Hari Thapa

Hari Thapa studied Communication at the Tribhuwan University in Nepal and worked as a reporter for various newspapers in Nepal and as producer for the Nepali Television. He has produced several documentaries and training films for national and international NGO's in Nepal. He today works as a consultant for the Education Journalists’ Group, an organisation of which he is also a former president.

Otto C. Honegegr

Otto C. Honegegr is a former head of the documentary department at Swiss National Television. As a film director, he has won many awards, especially in topics like diving, adventure and politics.



A dramatic and awe-inspiring feature documentary following three of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers to the Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world.
Set against the backdrop of Alaska’s dangerous beauty, Mount St. Elias is about a visionary borderline experience where unparalleled physical and mental pressure pushes them to the absolute limit. They find themselves in puristic situations, in which heroism cannot easily be distinguished from folly. Situations which can only be mastered if reason is supposedly abandoned and in which courage as well as trust in their own abilities and last but not least luck are used as guidelines.

Two Austrian ski mountaineers Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann as well as the American freeski mountaineer Jon Jonhston are facing this breathtaking challenge! A team with individual abilities, but also a team of leaders, knowing they literally cannot survive without teamwork and cooperation. Especially Axel Naglich, he unconsciously takes the role of the protagonist due to his charismatic and authentic personality and, within the permanent struggle not against nature but against himself, polarizes as a strong character. A movie about men who accept mountains as a challenge.


Gerald Salmia has made many documentaries films on climbing, mountaineering adventure and extreme sports. His films have won numerous awards and recognitions.

Himalaya, A Path to the sky


Kenrap is eight years old. He is a Buddhist monk and lives in the Phukthal monastery on the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains of Zanskar. Kenrap chose his life away from his family: when he was five, he remembered he was the reincarnation of a 68 year-old monk, and then decided to return to the monastery where he belonged. Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by a young ethnologist, Path to the Sky follows this attaching little monk with whom we share moments of intimacy, and gives us a rare glance at Buddhist monastic life.


Marianne Chaud

Marianne Chaud was born in 1976. She is an ethnologist, with a diploma from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her doctoral thesis focused on studying the relationship between the people of the Himalayan region of Zanskar, in northern India, and their land. She has returned to this area regularly over the past seven years, spending three to seven months in different villages, at different times of the year. She lived with Zanskari families, learned their language, adopted their customs and behaviors, and worked alongside them, at domestic and farming tasks. She observed and questioned constantly, forging strong emotional links with the residents; her profound personal experience furthered her intellectual interest.

In 2005, she submitted a documentary project to ZED, about the lives of two young Zanskari girls. The project was accepted, and in 2006 she worked on the production of the film Becoming a Woman in Zanskar, as co-author and production assistant. Between 2007 and 2011, she directs three documentaries: Himalaya, Land of Women, Himalaya, a Path to the Sky and Nomadic Nights.



What is time? What causes time? Who can actually explain it? Who can articulate even a thought about it anyway> and yet what is more familiar and ever present than time? Time is perhaps… experiments time and its presence in an individual’s life, how the present affects one’s past and future.


Abhinash Bikram

Abhinash Bikram Shah has worked with various films. His films include For those about the rock, we salute you, screened at KIMFF 2007, U & I, awarded by Asian film academy, and One last goodbye, screened at Pusan International Film Festival in 2008.

Dolpo Tulku


Sherap Sangpo had left Dolpo to become a monk at the age of 10. Now, he returns as the reincarnation Dolpo Tulku to the remote villages of Dolpo after being educated for 17 years in South India. Here, he has to take charge of several monasteries as well as be the leading figure for those deeply religious people in Dolpo. He has a chance to fulfill the duties as a reincarnate, to develop an area in the Himalaya, which has been almost forgotten for the last five hundred years and has therefore been able to preserve its original Buddhist culture.


Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman has worked for ZDF-tv, SFB-tv, DE-tv and Rias TV as a freelancer. He has directed numerous films and is the founder and managing director of mc media production.

Kimff 2009 Jury

  • Andy Parkins
  • Anja Perl
  • Rajendra Shalabh
  • Andy Parkins

    Andy Parkins

    Andy Parkinsis an English climber and artist who lives Chamonix, France. He explores mountain ranges around the world looking for first ascents, adventure and images. Ingenuity of people less unfortunate than him in reusing objects has inspired him to use such materials for his sculptors.

  • Anja Perl

    Anja Perl

    Anja Perl is a Danish filmmaker, animator and sculptor. She has won a number of international awards at film festivals in Europe, South and North America for her animation films. She also works as a mentor and coordinators at The Animation Workshop in Denmark.

  • Rajendra Shalabh

    Rajendra Shalabh

    Rajendra Shalabh is a Nepalese filmmaker and also teaches Law at Tribhuwan University. Besides feature films he has also directed tele-serials, documentaries and television advertisements and music videos. He is also a poet and songwriter and has hosted a number of television programs.


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