This article was originally published by The Inertia.
For thousands of years, the ocean has often had a feminine connotation both in mythology and general perception. "She Is the Ocean," a full length documentary from Russian writer/director Inna Blokhina seeks to explore this mythological connection between the ocean and femininity through the lives of nine powerful women, their love for the ocean, and the different ways they interact with it. Inna Blokhina is also the creator of On The Wave, the first Russian surf documentary featuring surfers from around the world (including the GOAT himself, Kelly Slater). She Is the Ocean premieres this Friday, October 16. To find a watch party (some including live Q/A with Inna Blokhina and members of the cast), check out the website here.
The film features Cinta Hansel, a Balinese surfing prodigy intent on tackling Pipeline; Coco Ho, pro surfer and heiress to the powerful Ho surfing dynasty; Keala Kennelly, big wave rider and winner of the 2016 Barrel of the Year; Andrea Moller, pro SUP and big wave surfer; Anna Bader, a German high diver and seven-time European champion in cliff diving; Rose Molina, who combines free-diving with ballet dancing; Ocean Ramsey, the esteemed shark conservationist, and free diver from Hawaii; Jeannie Chesser, mother of the late legendary big-wave surfer Todd; and Sylvia Earle, a marine biologist and the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.