Learning to Drown

40 mins


Pro snowboarder Jess Kimura has an irrational fear of water. In a finely crafted juxtaposition of snow and surf, director Ben Knight delicately weaves a tale of love, loss, adrenaline and conquering fear through the lens of this loose cannon turned gentle spirit. Growing up with a rebel mentality, chastised as a kid for pushing boundaries, Kimura rose to the top, crushing stereotypes for female athletes and accruing accolades and awards along the way. When disaster strikes, Kimura begins re-evaluating the lens through which she looks at life. Trading in the dangerous binary of black and white, Kimura now chooses to view life as a constant wave.

Production Team

Ben Knight

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Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.
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