Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake Recommendation
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Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake Recommendation. Generally, here at THiNC. we talk about mindjob movies like – The One I Love, or Brightwood (which we just discussed the other day), or Palme d’Or winners like Anatomy of a Fall. Generally, I don’t discuss a ton of documentaries – though I love them very much personally. Better yet? I definitely don’t discuss much in the way of disaster documentaries. Natural disasters? Yeah, no thanks. A good friend of mine, was buried under the Hotel Montana, during the enormous Haitian earthquake that killed so many. He was under that hotel for three days. So, yeah, not an enormous fan of disaster documentaries.
I knew, generally, about the Nepalese 7.8 earthquake and the disaster that happened in 2015. But at a serious remove. Understanding the real chaos of the enormity of the impact of the earthquake and the aftershocks was pretty harrowing. To realize that there were so many people trapped all across that country…
Interesting to back up, and to see the various stories of how people found themselves in Nepal. And to see the individual stories across the country. Stories from climbers trying to climb the tallest mountain in the world. Stories from the city centers. Stories of hikers in other remote areas. Tragic stories of moment by moment decisions as people lived and died as a result of those decisions. Each of these stories were about individuals who had to help themselves. There was no one else coming. The survivors were going to be the heroes, or no one would be. And then, when the disaster situation shifted into a medical triage emergency? Things went from bad to worse.
Maybe you swing through here solely looking for mindjob films. If so, then don’t worry, you won’t get any judgement from me. But I was amazed at how good the editing of this limited Netflix series was. It took a massive disaster, too big to comprehend, and made it accessible. It took an earthquake that was 80 years in the making and it made coherent sense out of it. So for that reason alone, it’s worth a watch.