"In 2020, it almost feels silly to think of the ocean as a traditionally male domain. Since the dawn of humanity, women have had relationships with the sea. Perhaps we’ve just spent too much time romanticizing and celebrating men in water?

In the well-produced She is the Ocean, German-born, Russian-educated journalist Inna Blokhina (who made On the Wave seven years ago) introduces us to nine women who have reached incredible feats in the sea. Not to mention, she’s got a whole lot of 2019 film festival hardware to show for it already.

But it’s not just about their accomplishments. In over 90 minutes, Blokhina takes the time to not only tell their stories, but let the women talk philosophy. And quite frankly, the deepest thoughts from a talking head doesn’t grab you the way these visual do."

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