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Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Harrowing docu about 2015 quake has disturbing images.

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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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