Thank you Agnès Varda.
That was disappointing. No clear tone and point of view, no exciting build up. Tries to incorporate BLM but it fails to do anything substantial really. This Black cast is so beautiful and fabulous and ugh, they felt wasted a bit. Could have thrived as a series, with everything it was trying to do.
All this did was tell me kayakers and other extreme thrill seekers truly just need good therapy and to take care of their mental health. The documentary did nothing to show how beautiful or wonderful the sport is, it was pretty bad in building up to the final moment actually. And the final moment itself was so unsatisfying.
...Unfortunately this is the type of film that would be terrifying at the hands of certain Western audiences and their children. Though I am a fan of the pretty visuals, the material itself feels outdated, and very comfortably leaves out the role of certain imperialists to the protagonist's country.
Maybe I am also irked at how much this was promoted as something women produced (Jolie) and directed (Nora Twomway), both of whom are white, while also leaving out the fact that not a lot of Afghans were involved, which one eventually suspects going through the film.