- 1 hr 27 min
Meru is a 2015 documentary film. It tells the story of a team of several mountain climbers and their epic quest to ascend the title mountain. Meru Peak is a 4000-foot summit known as the Shark's Fin, located in the Himalayas mountain range in the portion running through the country of India. The film is produced by the husband and wife team of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai; Jimmy is also one of the mountain climbers. The film has been a favorite at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary first covers the team's unsuccessful attempt at the summit ascent in 2008. The team returns in the present with a fresh start ready to make a second attempt. The mountain is a daunting challenge even for seasoned veteran climbers. The film captures the unbearably harsh weather conditions, the remote locations, and the precarious peak as they attempt their ascent, with beautiful natural footage of the surrounding, unspoiled natural area. As they continue their appointed task, each member of the crew has time to relate their motivations, personal driving forces, and past experiences which has pushed them to this ascent. The film reveals both the challenge of climbing Meru Peak and the strong character of each of the climbing party, whose journey is every bit as much spiritual as it is physical. The demanding challenge exhausts their resources, but the team keeps their sense of humor and vigilant safety standards throughout the ordeal. While the documentary has no natural plot to speak of, there are many suspenseful passages and scenes which add to the atmosphere of pitting the stength of the human spirit against the hardest of nature's odds.