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SFFILM Festival

Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa

Directed by Lucy Walker

USA | Documentary | 98

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 6:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Lucy Walker and subject Lhakpa Sherpa are expected to attend


A heroine hides in plain sight as a dishwasher in a Connecticut Whole Foods in Lucy Walker‘s astonishing documentary. The film tells the inspiring story of Lhakpa Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to conquer Mount Everest and survive. Walker captures this elite athlete’s life as she prepares for a tenth summit — a new record for women mountaineers. The world knows her from her top-of-the-world exploits but Walker’s portrait reveals a range of seemingly insurmountable challenges that Lhakpa manages to transcend. At this “low altitude,” the mother of three endures hardscrabble challenges as an immigrant and single parent. Through it all, she perseveres, finding purpose in both daily and historic accomplishments. Mountain Queen shines a deserving spotlight on Lhakpa’s unyielding determination and spirit as it brings her incredible saga to triumphant heights.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Director Lucy Walker

After getting her start directing for Blue’s Clues, London-born Lucy Walker began her prolific documentary career with Devil’s Playground (2002), which was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for best documentary. She has two Oscar® nominations for best documentary feature for Waste Land (2010) and best documentary short for The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011). Among her other works are The Crash Reel (2013), a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form and Bring Your Own Brigade (2021).

Film Details

Language English, Nepali, Sherpa

Year 2024

Premiere US

Runtime 98

Country USA

Director Lucy Walker

Executive Producer Sidney Kimmel, Jo Henriquez, Scott Ratner, Amani King, Lucy Walker, Angus Wall

Producer Charlie Corwin, Michael D. Ratner, Miranda Sherman, Dalia Burde, Christopher Newman

Editor Tyler Temple Higgins, Davon Ramos, Yaniv Elani, David Brodie

Cinematographer Devin Whetstone, Matthew Irving, Pasang Pemba Sherpa, Karma Gel Zen Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, Dawa G Sherpa

Closed Captions Closed Captions are confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film