Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay: Climbing To The Roof Of The World
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On May 29, 1953, a lanky New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, became the first to reach the highest point on earth - the summit of Mount Everest. The few brief minutes these two men spent on top of the world profoundly affected the rest of their lives. Actual footage of the climb, sound recordings, letters, diaries, and intimate interviewers are woven together with evocative new sequences to tell this remarkable tale of human achievement.
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Too often, in multiracial duos, the man of color is rendered secondary. Most people don't remember Jim, they remember Huck Finn. Tonto is a sidenote to the Lone Ranger. There was a documentary that said either Lewis or Clark refused to free the African-American man who helped them to explore the West. Here, Hillary could not have survived without Tenzing. The ancestors of both men are interviewed and it's done on equal footing. For those who promote multiracial teamwork, this is something to see and remember.