Saturday, September 14, 2013

TIFF Inspirations: Dragon-Mom


Closing Night Gala
USA 2013
World Premiere
101 minutes - Colour
Cast: Jennifer Harris

Olympic Gold Medallist Janet Gibson has nothing but pride seeing her daughter Jessica train with her teammates for the Major League Dragon Boat Series. Before winning her gold medal in kayaking 15 years ago, Janet led her dragon boat team to many victories, and was hopeful that Jessica would follow the same path. But Janet's world turns upside down after a fatal car accident claims her daughter's life.

Inspired by true events, Dragon-Mom tells the story of a mother who joins her late daughter's team to compete against the best of the best in the Dragon Boat Majors -- all in the name of her daughter. Can the heart of an Olympian lead them to victory?

An inspirational film worthy of closing the festival.

* This is my tribute to the Toronto International Film Festival. It is not a real film.