Climbing for the Fatherland

Climbing for the Fatherland

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A fascinating documentary about the first ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1938 by the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet.


'A haunting and disturbing film.' - Daily Mail

Climbing For The Fatherland tells the story of the race to climb one of the world’s greatest mountains: the huge north face of the Eiger in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. Many of the world’s best climbers attempted the Eiger, and many died in the process. The face was finally climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German team that included Heinrich Harrer (a member of the SS) against a backdrop of controversy that their climb was on behalf of Hitler – it was subsequently exploited by the Nazis as proof of Aryan supremacy. Harrer himself kept quiet about his SS background in later years. This stunning film brings together the people, the history, the politics, the nationalism and the conflict to tell one of the mountaineering world’s greatest stories.

Features interviews with Reinhold Messner and Heinrich Harrer, while mountaineers Scott Muir and Heinz Zak attempt to climb the difficult north face of the Eiger during the course of the film.

About the Film

Release Date
Climbing and Mountaineering
Reinhold Messner, Heinrich Harrer, Heinz Zak and Scott Muir
Kevin Sim
Simon Wells
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SD (16:9)
Climbing for the Fatherland


Birgit Coufal
8 October 2016

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