- Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
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 2008, a group of renowned alpinists arrived in India to tackle Meru. After a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures they fell 100 meters short of the goal. Heartbroken but not defeated, the group reattempted in 2011 under even more extraordinary circumstances. “Blindingly beautiful and meticulously assembled by the award-winning editor Bob Eisenhardt, Meru easily makes you forget that what you are watching is completely bananas.” (NY Times) Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar.