The Weight of Water

2019 • 78 minutes
3 reviews
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The Weight of Water is a story of a blind man balancing fear of drowning in the chaos of whitewater rapids with the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness. He embarks, alone in his own kayak, into the home of the most iconic whitewater in the world: the Colorado River as it courses through the Grand Canyon. Erik has already overcome some stunning challenges for both sighted and blind people, including climbing Mount Everest, but whitewater kayaking is different. The water moves unpredictably, the rocks that make up that canyon walls are absolutely unforgiving, the roar cuts him off from his guide’s voice and threatens his kayak, and his friends are also in equal jeopardy and fighting for their own survival. He soon discovers that all of the preparation and practice might not be enough. As the Grand Canyon’s crowning rapid, Lava Falls draws closer, Erik’s fear grows till it nearly paralyzes him.

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3 reviews
Tim Roberts
June 20, 2019
Wow! The Weight of Water is the true story of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man who has summited Everest BTW, with the drive to kayak the Grand Canyon along with fellow visually impaired kayaker Lonnie Bedwell. This movie inspires with it's real insight into what it's like to confront such a turbulent and chaotic environment without the benefit of vision. With trust in his guide, Harlan, Erik sets off bravely into the unknown, but, not without trepidation and reservations. Beautifully shot, the film does a masterful job in conveying the size and scope of the Grand Canyon as well as the beauty and power of the Colorado River.
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