Screening of “Nawang Gombu: Heart of a Tiger”
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3 p.m.
- Dole Institute of Politics, KU campus, Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
50 years after the first U.S. ascent of Mt. Everest, this documentary celebrates the life of the Sherpa who summited with American Jim Whittaker in 1963.
In the spring of 1963, five Americans did what none had done before. They stood on the summit of Mt. Everest. With them was a little known Sherpa, Nawang Gombu, who went on to become the first man to summit Everest twice. "Heart of a Tiger" chronicles his climb from a poor child in Tibet, to a man who became an international celebrity because of his high altitude adventures. This documentary is about danger and risk taking. It's about a daring escape from a monastery in the middle of the night. Above all, it's the story of how one man used his fame to change lives.
Co-producer Bev Chapman is a former TV news reporter for KMBC-TV in Kansas City. After 30 years chasing headlines and deadlines, she now creates free-lance videos and documentaries.