Reality TV Reaches New Heights
On the Top is a 12-part reality television series shot by Elia Saikaly, which follows a team of Arab mountain climbers who journey from the deserts of the Gulf to the peak of Mt. Everest. It features the first woman from Saudi Arabia, the first man from Palestine and the first Qatari man to stand on top of the world. Elia shot the six high-altitude episodes with the help of his camera assistant and friend Panang Kaji Sherpa. They worked hand in hand with producer-director Adam Sobel. The series won a 2014 CINE Golden Eagle Award, which honours and champions the creators of exceptional media content. Congratulations to everyone involved!