Waterman (April 1, 2022)

Waterman

Waterman (2022)

“Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. Waterman explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport’s first-time inclusion in this year’s Games – a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.

This original documentary by Sidewinder Films (At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, Munich ’72 and Beyond), features commentary from surfing’s biggest stars, including newly-crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.

From modest roots in Waikiki, Duke swam his way to fame, becoming the face of a changing Hawaii – and a vital part of its tourism industry – as it evolved from an independent Kingdom to the 50th American state. Yet relatively few outside Hawaii know the full extent of Duke’s impact on sports, lifesaving, and combatting prejudice.

Through Duke’s incredible athletic accomplishments, personal doctrine of Aloha, and enduring gift of surfing to the world, the film explores a theme that still resonates today – the role of sports in breaking societal barriers – and celebrates his triumphs and philosophy of inclusion, challenging us all to embrace diversity and incorporate Aloha into our own lives.” -Waterman


Waterman (April 1, 2022)
Film Facts
Sub-Genres:Biography, Sports, Hawaii
Run Time:1 Hour 28 Mins
How to Watch
Free:N/A
Buy/Rent:In Theaters
Photo credits (C) Waterman All Rights Reserved

The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Best Documentary – Feature Winner (Florida Surf Film Festival), Best Hawaii Film HFCS Award Nominee (Hawaii Film Critics Society)
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:N/A (Tomatometer), N/A (Audience)
Director:Isaac Halasima
Cast: Duane DeSoto, Laird Hamilton, Jack Johnson, Kai Lenny, Jason Momoa, Kelly Slater
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S. Murphy
S. Murphy

S. Murphy is the lead contributor at The Documentary District. His favorite documentary topics are: the Disney Parks, businesses, and all things 1990s pop culture.

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