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Alex Holmes
Run Time: 
97 mins
Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull

If you want to see what true perseverance looks like check out this inspiring, edge-of-your-seat adventure story that has all the makings of a Hollywood movie but is actually 100% true. Tracy Edwards grew up dreaming about working on sailboats, but the reality of the male-dominated sailing world in the 1980s was no one would hire her on deck except as a cook. Determined to prove she could do anything, she set her sights on assembling the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Laughed at by professionals, seen by the media as a puff story (some yachting press even took bets on how quickly they’d fail), and deemed too much of a risk by potential sponsors (how would it look if they died?), Edwards and the crew of Maiden faced just as much adversity on land as they did on sea, but nevertheless they persisted. This expertly crafted documentary combines firsthand footage shot from the race, along with interviews with the women (and even some of jeering men) to create an engaging and suspenseful film that soars.

"'Maiden' is a grand adventure, the likes of which we don’t always see too often anymore." - Chicago Tribune

"'Maiden' is simply magnificent storytelling and a must-see for all ages and genders." - The Associated Press

"It’s an inspiring chapter in history, beautifully conveyed on the screen." - Original-Cin

"A heck of a story splendidly told, Maiden succeeds by combining the athleticism of 'Free Solo' with the enriching, across-the-board emotional appeal of 'RBG.'" - Los Angeles Times

"A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman’s dream ... Maiden is wonderfully suspenseful — especially if you, like me, have no idea how the race turned out." - The Seattle Times