The Weight of Water
Pursuits of Happiness
Tue 30 Jul 2019
£8.50* | £5* Students and Under 25s
Dir. Michael Brown
79 mins | 2018 | USA
Making your first solo kayak run of the Grand Canyon is daunting, particularly if you are totally blind. Erik Weihenmayer has already overcome some stunning challenges for both sighted and blind people, including summiting Mount Everest. But white water kayaking is different; the water moves unpredictably, the rocks that make up the canyon walls are absolutely unforgiving, and the roar cuts Weihenmayer off from his guides voice and threatens his kayak.
How will Erik react when disaster strikes on Lava Falls, the most dangerous rapid on the Colorado River? The Weight of Water is the story of a blind man balancing fear in the midst of chaos, and the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness.
Dir. Ciarán Heurteau, 27mins, 2017, France
After years of plotting, New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson sets out to run the Rondu Gorge section of the Indus with Spanish kayak champion Aniol Serrasolses and Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau. The trio navigates riffles and rapids, and exchange high-fives with local villagers. But rockslides block their support team, the gorge becomes steeper, the portages longer and Dawson has a brush with death as he is sucked into a hole. Inside the Indus chronicles an epic eight-day mission down a section of one of Asias longest and most unforgiving rivers.
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