“Freedom Swell” is a feature length documentary that highlights a surf program designed to empower African Nova Scotian youth to connect with the ocean. The film explores the lack of diversity in the east coast surf scene, stemming from complex, historical barriers such as racism, segregated beaches, and generational fear of water. Co-founder, LaMeia Reddick, volunteers, participants, and community members, share their stories about the healing nature of water. Freedom Swell beautifully represents the spirit of North Preston Surf, a flagship program designed to inspire for years to come. 

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Freedom Swell

Freedom Swell

Marie Wright, Meaghan Wright Co-Directors

Marie Wright is a filmmaker from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. After completing a degree in Marketing at StFX University, she co-founded Mirror Image Media with her twin sister Meaghan Wright. Mirror Image Media is a queer owned full service video production company based in Halifax. There, Marie found her love for filmmaking and wanted to help tell stories around social issues. Mirror Image Media produces documentaries and promotional content at the local and national level. Some of the clients they’ve worked with are the National Film Board, CBC, the Canadian Cancer Society, and United Way. Two of their documentaries have circulated internationally at film festivals — The Social Shift, a feature length film on a cross Canada journey discovering social entrepreneurship, along with Transform, a short autobiographical documentary on spinal cord injuries. Currently, Marie is co-directing a feature length documentary on the North Preston Surf Program, which dives into the historical and cultural reasons behind the lack of diversity in surfing. Marie is passionate about creating change and bringing marginalized voices to the forefront through film.