“Inspiring, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, awesome, emotional, passionate can hardly describe the documentary film “Children of the Wind.”
“Deftly edited, Children of the Wind provides a brief history of windsurfing’s evolution (it became an Olympic sport in 1984) and how, thanks to pioneers like Elvis Martinus and Patun Saragoza, Bonaire’s fishing community became so adept at it. But this is more than just a sports movie; it’s also a tale of race, class, deprivation and determination. The irresistible smiling faces of Tonky and Taty hide some traumatic childhood experiences which filmmaker Schmon sensitively reveals.”
ARUBA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 REVIEW:
“The winner of the Caribbean Spotlight Audience Award was Children of the Wind, Daphne Schmon’s documentary about how the tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire (with a mere 15,000 residents and no traffic lights) emerged as a powerhouse in the competitive sport of windsurfing…deftly edited, Children of the Wind provides a brief history of windsurfing’s evolution…”
“Filmwise for Empire, the stand-out of the AIFF is still the documentary Children of the Wind, a) because it’s a compelling story of triumph over adversity, b) because it is extremely well made, c) because of the irresistible personalities of the subjects, and d) because it achieves the impossible feat of making windsurfing interesting to non-aficionados…it is a terrific story and a gem of the film.”
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Focus Carribbean: “Bonaire’s Children of the Wind”
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