Descent

Directed by Nays Baghai, 2020 Australia 60 minutes
15+
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Thrilling, punishing, and beyond treacherous; freediving in freezing water is not for the faint of heart, but for Kiki Bosch, it was a life saver.

Kiki dives into the world’s coldest waters on one breath, without a wetsuit. She’s plunged into Finland’s frozen lakes and under Greenland’s icebergs. Her initiation into this sport began as a search for healing, following the debilitating trauma of a sexual assault. After discovering the immense release from ice freediving, Kiki has travelled far and wide, not only to push her physical and psychological limits, but also to inspire others to harness the power of the cold. This unique documentary features stunning underwater footage shot by Australian underwater cinematographers Stefan Andrews, Spencer Frost, Peter Lightowler, and debut director Nays Baghai.  

Nays Baghai is a Sydney-based independent filmmaker. A graduate of AFTRS, his shorts have screened at numerous international festivals, and he has produced several videos for high profile businesses.

WARNING: Contains references to sexual assault and trauma. Contains references to suicide, themes of depression, and mental health. Ice freediving is a dangerous activity: don’t try this at home

Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award,
Classification
15+, must not be exhibited to anyone under 15 years unless they are accompanied by an adult
Language
In English and Dutch with English subtitles
Premiere Status
World Premiere,
Director
Nays Baghai,
Producer
Eero Heinonen, Nays Baghai,
Screenwriter
Nays Baghai,
Cinematographer
Nays Baghai, Eero Heinonen, Stefan Andrews,
Editor
Nays Baghai,
Genre
Adventure, Biographical, Sport, Women's Issues, Environment, Documentary, Mental Health,
Company Credits
Production Company: Running Cloud Productions,