The Human Race (1998)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Illnesses & Disabilities, Outdoor Recreation  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Bobby Houston directed this 87-minute documentary about HIV-positive men competing in the 2200-mile TransPacific Yacht Race. After sailor-athlete Robert Hudson, diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, was joined by racing veteran John Plander, the duo moved on to fundraising (a necessary $100,000), acquiring a boat (named Survivor), and holding tryouts for a crew of ten; half of those chosen have AIDS. Encountering El NiƱo, a squall at night, and a narrow miss with Hurricane Dolores, the Survivor places 19th among the 32 boats finishing the race (from 39 entrants). Made with a video transfer to 35mm, this film was shown at the 1998 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

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AIDS, HIV, race [competition], sailing, survivor, yacht