It starts with a warning: “The ocean’s always trying to kill you, it doesn’t take a break.” But the terrors awaiting the subjects of Alex Holmes
’ crowd-pleasing documentary “Maiden
” go far beyond the sea itself. Tracing the journey of forward-thinking female sailor Tracy Edwards
” unspools a heart-pounding race around the world, but the true challenges facing Edwards and her all-woman crew include institutionalized sexism, a media circus unable to look beyond a splashy story, and crushing self-doubt.
It’s a timely and relevant story about bold women breaking down barriers while some of their male counterparts go through the motions — dismissing them, gawking at them, not believing them, and finally, begrudgingly, letting them in. That it’s set mostly in the late-’80s doesn’t diminish its relevance one bit.
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Holmes, best known