NEWS RELEASE – Cancer survivors paddle towards courage and community

TORONTO, June 5, 2013 – In the face of adversity, courage and community shine through at the fifth annual Canadian Sport Film Festival. The Saturday program is highlighted by the feature-length US documentary, Awaken the Dragon (Sat, 4pm), which profiles a remarkable group of dragon boaters. Comprised entirely of cancer survivors, this team comes together as athletes and friends to build a community that extends far beyond their boats.

The CSFF’s 2013 programme features 17 films from around the world. Headlining the CSFF, which takes place June 7-8 in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox, are the opening night film, Lace Bite, a profile of 40 remarkable Canadian women who come together to set a record by playing hockey non-stop for 10 straight days and raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the same time; while the closing night film, 9.79*, revisits one of the most controversial moments in Canadian sport history: Ben Johnson’s positive test for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The CSFF brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world. The Festival connects filmgoers to the story beyond the scoreboard, behind the camera and told with a critical lens.

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Russell Field, Executive Director, Canadian Sport Film Festival
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