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She had a dream – Pasang Lhamu Sherpa wanted to be the first Nepali woman to summit Everest and in 1993 she did it but paid the ultimate price. The documentary The Glass Ceiling tells her story but needs funding to bring it to market.
Ten years ago, at a summer cabin in Lake Tahoe, Nancy Svendsen was told a story she could scarcely believe.
The story recounted by her brother-in-law, who had moved to the US from Kathmandu three decades ago, was about Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, who was raised in poverty amid a patriarchal culture, and who yet, on 22 April 1993, became the first Nepali woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
“I felt an immediate connection to Pasang…As a filmmaker and storyteller, I felt almost responsi- ble to bring her story to a global audience, because really, this is the sort of inspira- tional tale that extends beyond the boundaries of geography or culture.”
“It was one of those nights when I was sitting with colleagues and we were in Nashville, having drinks, and we got to talking about, you know, what would you do if you could really reinvent your life today, and it was something that just sort of came out of me and I said, ‘Well, I would make this documentary movie.”‘