touch­ing the Void

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(2003) Di­rected by Kevin Macdon­ald

A once-in-a-life­time story that be­came a truly great non-fic­tion film, Touch­ing the Void was nev­er­the­less con­tro­ver­sial for its many re-en­acted scenes and so, for some, is not a true doc­u­men­tary. But how can you show some­thing that re­ally hap­pened if there was no cam­era there? It’s the “pics or it didn’t hap­pen” ar­gu­ment, long be­fore In­sta­gram, and the so­lu­tion is: make the pics and stay true to the story. The film also asks ev­ery viewer a ques­tion they can’t ig­nore, “What would you do in this sit­u­a­tion?” and that only makes it more com­pelling. The sit­u­a­tion is two climbers, one with a bro­ken leg, dan­gling from a rope on a moun­tain in Peru, with no wa­ter, no fuel to melt snow for wa­ter and bad weather clos­ing. Both will die un­less the in­jured man is cut free, giv­ing the un­in­jured man the chance to get help. You are the un­in­jured man, knife in hand. What would you do?

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