September 18, 2015 all-day

Opening Friday, September 18

Fri (9/25) 8:30PM
Sat (9/26) 6:00PM
Sun (9/27) 4:30PM

Wed (9/30) 8:00PM

Thur (10/1) 6:00PM

“Though the ‘Meru’ climbing and outdoor footage is spectacular, it is the personal struggle of each of the climbers, and the candid way they talk about them on camera, that give this film its considerable impact.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“Whether or not mountain-climbing documentaries are your thing, ‘Meru’ is likely to draw you in. It’s as much about trust, personal goals and human bonding as battling the elements at their fiercest.” – Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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 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. (C) Music Box Films

1 hr. 27 min. | R | Documentary

Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

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