When the race to the poles was won at the beginning of the 20th Century, the last unconquered icy region of the world became the next focus of adventurers and explorers: The eight-thousand-meter peaks of the Himalayas. And with that began the unusual history of the Dyhrenfurth family. The film offers the first portrait of the exciting life of Günther Dyhrenfurth. When the Nazis rose to power, he resigned his professor's chair in Breslau. He undertook two important Himalayan expeditions together with his wife, for which they received the Olympic Gold Medal for Alpinism at the Games of Berlin in 1936, much to the chagrin of the Nazis.Then, from 1952 to 1986, his son Norman undertook seven major Himalayan ventures. He took part in the first American ascent atop Mt. Everest, which marked the pinnacle of his career. He shot the first moving images atop Everest, and was honored by President John F. Kennedy. "To the Third Pole" presents amazing material from the Dyhrenfurth archives, interviews with Prof. Norman Dyhrenfurth and legendary mountaineers like Reinhold Messner and Sir Chris Bonington make the story of these forgotten heroes come alive.
The spellbinding story of the Dyhrenfurth family's role in the race to conquer mount Everest, from Nazi persecution to being honored by JFK as part of the first American expedition to reach the world's highest peak.
Rhode Island International Film Festival (2008)
Rhode Island International Film Festival awards
won Best Cinematography ()
|Original Title||Zum dritten Pol|
Explorer Media, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
|Year Of Production||2008|
|Country Of Origin||Germany, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan|
|Language Versions||German [OV], French [DUB], English [DUB]|
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