Descent

  • Female Gaze
  • 1h 5m
  • Documentary Feature
  • UK Premiere
  • 2020

This film is available at the following times:

Nov 4 @ 6:45pm + Q&A (online screening) Nov 6 @ 2:30pm (online repeat)

You can watch for free, or support the festival by donating £5.

Descent is a documentary about the psychology of Dutch ice freediver Kiki Bosch, who dives into the world’s coldest waters without a wetsuit as therapy for the trauma of sexual assault, and to inspire others.

Nays Baghai is an independent filmmaker and underwater cameraman. A graduate of Australia’s national film school AFTRS, his debut feature film Descent won the Academy Award-qualifying Sydney Film Festival. Nays has also worked with numerous clients in the corporate sector (Telstra, CBA, Deloitte) and diving industry (DeeperBlue, Molchanovs, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions).

"This inspiring documentary about free-diving in freezing open waters follows the incredible journey of Dutch adventurer Kiki Bosch as she overcomes the trauma of sexual assault by pushing her body to its limits. From the iceberg fjords of Greenland to the frozen lakes of Finland, time and again, Bosch obsessively sets new challenges for herself as she dives into the coldest waters on the planet on just one breath and without a wetsuit. Breathtaking underwater cinematography captures the harsh beauty of these remote locations, conveying the awe-inspiring knife edge mix of serenity, surrender and the very real danger that Bosch experiences. But for the film’s charismatic subject it’s clear that the ultimate journey is one within, making this a spiritual challenge as much as a physical one. The first feature directed by underwater cameraman Nays Baghai, Descent recently won the Best Australian Documentary award at the 2020 Sydney Film Festival. Kiki Bosch’s seemingly unique story - to harness the power of the cold to heal her inner scars - will touch a chord with anyone searching for something revelatory in their lives. An unforgettable story of the human spirit that will literally send shivers down your spine. Adam Mattera "

Representative

Running Cloud Productions

n@runningcloudproductions.com

Director

Nays Baghai

Executive Producer

Mehrdad Baghai

Producer

Nays Baghai

Producer

Eero Heinonen

Producer

Mehrdad Baghai

Writer

Nays Baghai

Director of Photography

Nays Baghai

Director of Photography

Eero Heinonen

Director of Photography

Stefan Andrews

Editor

Nays Baghai

Sound Designer

Nays Baghai

Language

English