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Children of the Wind

Feature Documentary | 92 min | US | 2012

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“Deeply moving…an exhilarating journey.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment
“Extremely Well Made.”
Empire Magazine

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Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native kids, who under the remarkable mentorship of Elvis Martinus, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport but to revolutionize it. The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a poor fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equipment they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars. Given that Bonaire has a population of under 15,000 and had, at the time, no way to fund formal training facilities, provide equipment or pay for travel to events, this accomplishment was simply astonishing. The Frans brothers and Kiri are now among the top five freestyle windsurfers in the world and have become local heroes on their island. More remarkable: Bonaire continues to produce young champions at every age category of the ProKids World Championship, which started on the island. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Freestyle Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, ‘Children of the Wind’ is an exciting tale of kids who refused to be defined by the limits of their circumstance, and consequently transformed a sport.

Awards / Nominations
  • WINNER “Best Documentary” X-Dance Film Festival
  • WINNER “Best Emerging Filmmaker” X-Dance Film Festival
  • WINNER “Best Original Score” X-Dance Film Festival
  • WINNER “Best Documentary” International Film Festival Antigua Barbuda
  • WINNER “Audience Award” Aruba International Film Festival
  • WINNER “Most Inspirational Documentary” Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival
  • WINNER “Best Surf Film” Lighthouse International Film Festival
  • Nominated “CNN Award for Best Documentary” American Black Film Festival
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