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Run Time: 76 minutes
Kim Chambers is about to tackle the toughest swim of her life: the shark-infested, 30-mile stretch of frigid ocean between the Farallon Islands and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. As an open water marathon swimmer, the New Zealand native is used to grueling athletic challenges. But the empowering documentary KIM SWIMS details why completing this particular swim matters so much (for starters, Chambers would become the first woman to traverse this distance solo) and what drives her to rise at 4 a.m. and train. Determination is certainly a big part. Chambers only started swimming in earnest as an adult, after an accident that almost caused her leg to be amputated. And she once finished a distance event despite going into toxic shock from jellyfish stings. As the film culminates with a detailed look at Chambers’ legend-making California swim, KIM SWIMS becomes an awe-inspiring testament to her mental and physical strength—and a solid argument about the merits of diving in and embracing the unknown. —A.Z.
KIM SWIMS won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:45 PM
The Sports Section
Women of the World
Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Kate Webber is a director, producer, and award-winning still photographer whose work has been widely published. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.
KIM SWIMS (2017)
Kate Webber, David Orr, Chad Herschberger