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One person can make a difference in the lives of others. Kids and teens may consider careers involving the sea, such as free diving, underwater photography, and becoming a member of a safety team medical crew.
Positive Role Models
Leigh Baker is a respiratory therapist who advises free divers about their ability to participate in a competition. William Trubridge, a free-diving world record holder, is founder of the Vertical Blue Competition and takes the safety of divers seriously in the sport of free diving. Stephen Keenan is a safety diver who observes the movements and saves the lives of free divers during competitions and is also owner and instructor at a free-diving center in Dahab, Egypt.
BIPOC and White kids, teens, and young and older adults have occupations such as free diver, underwater photographer, and sports journalist. Images include free diving women's and Japanese champion Hanako Hirose, Italian women's champion Alessia Zecchini, and Natalia Molchanova, a Russian champion free diver who holds more than 40 free-diving records and is seen as a legend in the sport.
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Violence & Scariness
Cyberbullying, free-diving deaths, guns, verbal arguments, death of a parent, dwindling oxygen supply during free diving, possible brain damage, severe lung damage, experiences of blackout by free divers, and traveling to the dark and deep depths of the ocean.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hugging, kissing, falling in love with someone, and a wedding reception.
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Swear words include "ass," "hell," and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Apparel and diving equipment with logos and messages, cameras, laptops, smartphones, social media, and website advertisements.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bottles of alcohol, beer, and champagne; medical injections administered by diving safety crew; and early-in-life indulgence of alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Deepest Breath is a documentary about the competitive sports world of free diving. Images and references include cyberbullying, free-diving deaths, guns, death of a parent, possible brain damage, severe lung damage, experiences of blackout by free divers, hugging, kissing, bottles of alcohol, medical injections administered by diving safety crew, and alcohol indulgence. Swear words include "ass," "hell," and "s--t." The documentary's dominant theme is how one person can make a difference in the lives of others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Irish filmmaker Laura McGann shares a profound perspective on the competitive global world of free diving. In the documentary The Deepest Breath, an Italian girl named Alessia Zecchini sets out to become the world's best free diver. "I'd do anything," she declares, "to make my dream come true." With plenty of practice and help from her dad, Zecchini is determined to make it all happen.
As an adult, Zecchini seeks professional instructions in free diving from Irish safety coach Stephen Keenan, who was once a kid with a passion for the wilderness, animals, and the sea. It's the latter interest that creates an extraordinary working bond between Keenan and Zecchini. "Their connection was very strong," says Enzo Zecchini, Alessia's dad. Alessia adds that the presence of Keenan "gave me strength" and "made you feel safe in the darkness," where exists an underwater world that may be filled with fierce competition from other free divers and lots of unknown depths within the sea. This film delivers to its viewers an educational and informative glance at the joys and startling risks involved in this oftentimes dangerous sport.
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