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Name: VIFF documentary: MERU (2015) *PROMO CODE*
Starts: Sat Sep 26, 2015
Meetup: 3:45pm, Centre for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street
Return: Sat Sep 26, 2015

Registration opens: Tue Sep 22, 2015
Event category: Other
Difficulty grade: A1  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: No
Max participants: 20

Organizer: Mary Hearnden
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Poster of MERU movie, location musicboxfilms.com

Winner! Sundance Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award, Documentary
“The best climbing movie of the year.” - Outside Magazine

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

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
In Theaters: Aug 14, 2015 Limited
US Box Office: $1.1M
Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.

 Music Box Films - Official Site

BCMC members, please sign up here and bring up to three friends.  Please note that the Sept 29 screening SOLD OUT... so buy your Saturday Sept 26th 3:45pm tickets in online ASAP.  The BCMC special VIFF Promo Code instructions are available in the Trip Planning forum... found here.

Note: Under B.C. law, patrons must be age 18 or older and a member of VIFF’s registered non-profit society to attend most films at the festival. The one-time membership fee is $2 and can be purchased on-line when you book your order or when you arrive at the theatre.  Each ticket holder must be a VIFF member.

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