Hot Docs 2013: The Other Shore (2013)
In 1974, at the age of 25, Diana Nyad secured a world record when she swam the 22 mile Bay of Naples race in just over 8 hours. She went on to become a marathon swimming superstar, known the world over. But – perhaps only in her own mind – Nyad is most famous for failing to swim from Florida to Cuba. The Other Shore, from director Timothy Wheeler, documents the now 60-year-old Nyad’s attempts to catch that missed brass ring.
This sort of human on a crazy mission documentary requires a great deal of introspection from the human to be truly satisfying. Unfortunately, The Other Shore lacks that introspection – or rather, Nyad herself does. Nyad is focused on the task, the proposed achievement, and seems to dismiss the import of the movitivation to do it. Some tantalizing bits slip through her guard – the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager, her survival of that trauma, and how that relates to her desire to achieve these sports goals – but Nyad always shies away from going deep and The Other Shore lets her get away with it.
Despite the short comings, The Other Shore is an interesting look into the world of marathon swimming. In our youth venerating culture, it’s worth the price of admission just to see a 60-year-old woman celebrated and undeterred from pursuing a goal.
Screening Times for The Other Shore
Thu, May 2 9:45 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre
Fri, May 3 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Sun, May 5 3:00 PM
Gallery of Images from The Other Shore