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K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2014)

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This breathtaking film follows an historic attempt to summit the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi's landmark K2 expedition in 1909. World-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner team up with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering. The documentary also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. The second highest peak on Earth at 8,611 meters, K2 is also one of the most dangerous mountains to climb: for every four people who have reached the summit of K2, one person has died trying.(C) First Run

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The documentary's biggest highlight is its climbing footage, much of it shot by Mr. Ohlson; the film gets in close, with snow on the lens, and captures the sound of piercing winds at high altitude.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Times
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Its considered use of ice and snow-covered vistas against the expanse of blue sky offers great beauty while capturing something of what pulls the adventurous to try to reach the world's second highest peak.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
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Thoroughly captivating, thrilling and inspirational. It demands to be seen on the big screen.

Full Review… | September 1, 2014
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For some, this documentary could be the best way to experience just how difficult and rewarding mountaineering can be.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Film Journal International

While the education is considerable, the fact that the footage has been lingering for five years is a fairly good indicator of the urgency of the final product.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
The Dissolve

From festivals at worldwide locations, 'K2: Siren of the Himalayas' came to a Film Society of Lincoln Center 'weekend of outstanding adventure films.'

Full Review… | November 23, 2013
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