A review of the new Torn documentary by National Geographic, with insight from director - and quasi protagonist - Max Lowe...
Max Lowe was just 10 years old when his famed mountaineer father Alex Lowe died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999; old enough to have formed strong memories of his father and his achievements, but too young to comprehend the void left behind by his death and its reverberations through his family. Max's mother Jennifer Lowe soon remarried Conrad Anker, Alex's climbing partner on the expedition, who survived the avalanche but suffered intense PTSD and survivor's guilt. Now aged 33, Max has turned a talent for storytelling towards the Lowe-Anker family's tragedy in the documentary Torn, giving him a new perspective on his family's collective and individual traumas.
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