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ONE BREATH is a short documentary about William Trubridge, a world champion of freediving, a form of deep water diving done without the aid of external breathing devices. Trubridge has set 15 freediving world records and currently holds the world record in the Free Immersion and the Constant Weight Without Fins disciplines. On January 18th 2011, Trubridge won the World’s Absolute Freediver Award (WAFA) naming him ‘best all around freediver’. Filmmaker Nicolas Rossier spent a few days with him in the Bahamas resulting in a unique portrait that offers a privileged glimpse into Trubridge’s unusual and magical world. This short is part of a collection of seven short documentaries of extreme sport athletes called ‘Searching for God’.
The film features high definition footage shot both above ground and under water, following Trubridge beneath the earth’s surface as he descends into the depths of the Atlantic. Trubridge talks to the camera about his work, his life and his upbringing against the stunning backdrop of the Bahamas coastline. We follow him as he reflects on the spiritual nature of his work and engages in his ultimate passion, freediving. The film interlaces shots of Trubridge’s interview with original footage of him under water, as well as some stills and video of him as a child and with his family. The pace of the film is steady and deliberate, like Trubridge’s character. Leon Michener’s evocative score draws us further into Trubridge’s world and immerses the viewer into the haunting charm and mystery of the ocean.