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Women Are Focus on Opening Day at SF’s 15th International Ocean Film Festival

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Media Advisory:  Thursday, March 8

— International Womans Day Event


Women Are Focus on Opening Day

at SF’s 15th International Ocean Film Festival


Fort Mason’s Cowell Theatre

2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco


International Womens Day

Thursday, March 8



She is the Ocean (Russia), Inessa Blokhina, 101 min.

Nine extraordinary women from all over the world — scientists, activists, surfers, divers —  share one thing in common: a deep love for the ocean. Their lives are shaped by and around the ocean which is their home, source of life, and the teacher they revere and worship.


PROGRAM 2 – Opening Night Party

Stars (USA), Han Zhang, 5 min.

A grandfather and his grandson sell stars on the street in a seaside town. One night their supply runs out, and the grandson embarks on a journey to fish for more stars.


Kim Swims (USA), Kate Webber, 75 min.

Kim Chambers was the first woman (and one of only four people) to swim solo the 26 miles between the Farrallon Islands and San Francisco. This feat is the culmination — so far —  of Kim’s life story, from growing up on a sheep farm in New Zealand to working in the Bay Area tech industry and experiencing a life-changing accident. Kim’s story will inspire and perhaps challenge the viewer to consider the potential in each of us.



Since its launch in 2004, the San Francisco-based International Ocean Film Festival has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, sea athletes, educators, and environmental supporters. Every year, the festival has presented close to 50 films from 15 different countries and features post-film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the annual Free Student Education Program. The festival was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years.