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August 2023    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 49, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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The Deepest Breath

a great documentary but it all ends in death

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The real tragedy of free diving record attempts is that the only people who are interested are other free divers. The export manager of Cressi once told me that although the company had spent a fortune sponsoring freedivers, it was not a spectator sport, and the world at large was simply not interested. Unless somebody dies.

I was a freediver. There's something wonderful about gliding through the underwater environment unencumbered by tanks or other equipment. But then I became interested in recording images of what I saw down there and decided to perfect my craft as an underwater photographer. And so, I learned to scuba dive at the rather late age of 32.

There is a new, well-reviewed Netflix freediving documentary - The Deepest Breath - and it's not about that sort of freediving. Filmmaker Laura McGann meticulously put her 106-minute documentary together using actual footage recorded at the time. She explains that the film captures "The beauty and the brutality of life and love."...

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