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River of Life

River of Life

| 53 min

This documentary focuses on the Yukon River Quest, the world's longest annual canoe and kayak race. Athletes come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night along 740 km of rugged river shoreline. The film chronicles the experiences of the all-female 2006 Paddlers Abreast team. By following them from the moment they climb into their boat in Whitehorse to the cheers that greet them in Dawson City, the film tells an exhilarating story of a group of women who have faced death and understand how precious life is.

  • writer
    Werner Walcher
  • director
    Werner Walcher
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • editor
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • cinematographer
    Werner Walcher
    John Walker
    Allan Code
  • composer
    Shari Ulrich
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli


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Ages 14 to 17

Health/Personal Development - Fitness/Physical Activities
Physical Education - Fitness
Physical Education - Outdoor Education

Have students research and prepare a project on an athlete who has experienced physical disability or disease and then faced a major athletic challenge upon recovery. Have students pretend to be an athlete on the Yukon River Quest and make them write a journal of their experience.

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