A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows how people coped, survived, and helped each other when earthquake struck in Nepal in 2015. Death, grieving, and cultural misunderstanding and sensitivity are themes.
Positive Role Models
Survivors are shown doing everything they can to help each other at Everest base camps, while people in other areas put themselves at risk to locate and rescue people in collapsed buildings and other areas. A few survivors were more concerned about themselves or were insensitive to cultural expectations.
People featured are from Nepal and countries all over the world. One person self-identifies as being HIV-positive.
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Violence & Scariness
Footage of people screaming, being crushed by falling debris, being wiped out by snow and ice. The dead are usually covered, but on occasion limbs can be seen sticking out from rubble. Yelling, pushing, and fighting is sometimes visible, and fears about being killed by other survivors is discussed.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are heard; they're usually uttered out of fear.
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Products & Purchases
A reference is made to seeing many brands of tents at Everest. Occasionally random sports gear logos are visible on clothing, but not in a commercial sense.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake, a docuseries about the catastrophic 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, may be difficult for younger or more sensitive viewers to watch. It features conversations and video footage about the devastation, and difficult scenes show people screaming, crying, trapped, and injured. Conversations about the dead are frequent, but corpses are covered. Cursing ("s--t," "f--k") is audible. The cultural misunderstandings that took place between locals and tourists is also a theme.
Is It Any Good?
The harrowing and heartbreaking docuseries features survivors sharing their stories about the massive Gurkha earthquake, which struck on April 25, 2015. Part of the series examines what happened on Everest, which was full of climbing teams, and what people had to do to keep themselves and others alive after tremor-triggered avalanches destroyed base camps and cut them off from the world. It also offers some insight into how unprepared Nepal was to handle such a catastrophe, thanks to the number of poorly constructed buildings and other structures that couldn't withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. Meanwhile, it highlights some of the alleged cultural misunderstandings between the local and foreign survivors, and hints at tensions between the Nepalese government and foreign disaster relief groups. But what Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake also does is shine a light on people who, in the most dire of circumstances, did everything they could to help. It's not an easy watch, but the overall series offers a very human account of one of the most disastrous events in Nepal's history.
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