Monday, November 13, 2006

Touching the void - talk idea

Watched an amazing documentary film last night called Touching the Void - one of the best films I've seen this year.   This film is based on a popular book of the same name.  Here's the plot summary from IMDB:
"In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevice and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevice. This is the story of how he got back down."
There's some obvious points for discussion, i.e., making difficult decisions / choices, dilemma etc.   Check out Chapter 5 (21 mins) to Chapter 7 (39 mins 45 secs).  If you need a shorter version you could probably use Chapter 6 (26 mins) to Chapter 7 (39 mins).
The other point about this film in the courage that Joe demonstrates as he attempts to get back to the camp and how we can, with the right frame of mind, achieve the impossible - or maybe it was a miracle.



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