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Row Hard No Excuses 
Documentaries
88 minutes
Director: Luke Wolbach
Year: 2007
Country: U.S.A.
Sat 12:40 pm RUSH , Sun 10:10 am RUSH

Two middle-aged men, John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot, set out as the only American entry in the "world's toughest race," the Atlantic Rowing Challenge, a 3,000 voyage across the ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados in a tricked out rowboat. These men who are among the oldest competitors in the race spend three years (and personal savings) to make their dream of winning possible, but once on the water, their personal quest is in jeopardy. What at first glance seems solely to be an inherently exciting sports-adventure story, slowly surfaces as an intimate portrait of the two-man crew that explores masculinity, midlife and ambition.

Drawing from their compelling video diary at sea, the film engages the audience in the emotional challenges and rewards of their arduous journey. By incorporating the unique perspective of the first woman to row solo across an ocean, and the diverse chorus and comic relief of other teams, the film chronicles the men's race as an exploration of shattered expectations, family baggage and the pursuit of happiness. [language]

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