The Above + Beyond Documentary Society presents:

A documentary by: Benjamin Jordan

The Boy Who Flies

61 min (Festival Cut: 45 min)

Colour | 1080p | 16:9 | Stereo | Canada | 2013

English with Chichewa (with English subtitles)



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Above + Beyond Documentary Society
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Website:   http://theboywhoflies.com
Trailer:   https://vimeo.com/28605717
Facebook:   http://facebook.com/theboywhoflies
Twitter:   http://twitter.com/theboywhoflies

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The Making of..

"It was an accident waiting to happen."

Two weeks after Canadian documentary-maker, Benjamin Jordan awoke with a vision of teaching a young African man to paraglide, he hopped on a plane to Malawi, carrying only a small point-and-shoot camera.

His intention was to produce a short teaser reel to attract funding for a high budget documentary he would shoot with a team the following year. All he needed was to find the right location, and people, to work with. Instead, all of those things found him.

Faced with an inconceivably perfect friendship with a young man who was eager to take to the skies, Jordan took his tiny camera, loosely knit ideas and recorded every last moment of their incredible voyage.

From cycling across Malawi, to heated arguments about gay marriage, to the young Malawian's incredibly emotional first flight, the little camera caught it all. Upon returning to Canada he was drawn to tell this magical story exactly as it had unfolded, piece by piece, turning all of his 'research material' into an award winning documentary.




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Awards & Festivals:


Banff Mountain Film Festival
WORLD TOUR
OFFICIAL SELECTION

Kendal Mountain Film Festival
WORLD TOUR
FINALIST

Vancouver Mountain Film Festival
BEST CANADIAN FILM

New Zeland Mountain Film Festival
JURY PRIZE

International Mountain and Adventure Film Festival Graz
JURY PRIZE

Indie Spirit Film Festival
BEST SPORTS/OUTDOOR FEATURE

Moondance Film Festival
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FINALIST

La Coupe Icare
OFFICIAL SELECTION

UK Adventure Travel Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION

Domzale Mountain Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION

Turkey Mountain Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION

Lookout Wild Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION

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Biographies:

Director, Benjamin Jordan lives in the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada.

Having grown up in Toronto, he entered the art world as a fashion and advertising photographer and later turned to documentary making in search of work that felt authentic.

He has since produced and documented incredible stories like Push For The Cure, his 8000 km skateboard trek across Canada, raising upwards of $1-million for Breast Cancer and Above + Beyond Canada, a 10,000 km, World Record Breaking powered paraglider journey, by which he made the return voyage across his homeland only two years later.

Recently, Jordan has returned from Malawi and produced "The Boy Who Flies", documenting the inspiring story of Godfrey Masauli; a young man who had always dreamed of flying, though hadn't the means. Through a mosaic of philosophy and personal transformation, Jordan is forced to look past his own ego to discover a common path on which people can unite through the power of dreams.

Today, Jordan is gearing up for the film's official release while building momentum for his sequel project, following Godfrey through the culturally controversial process of opening Malawi's first motivational and paragliding school. "The School of Dreams" will answer Jordan's question: "If handing a man a fish feeds him for a day, and teaching him how to fish feeds him for a life time; what happens when the man you taught teaches the next one?"

Producer, Godfrey Masauli llives in a small village just outslide of Blantyre, Malawi.

His uncle, and greatest role model, was one of the first black men flying airplanes in Malawi. From a very young age, Godfrey had intentions to follow in his uncle's footsteps and become a great pilot himself. Things changed in the 90's when the country's currency suffered inflation so significant that the increased cost of fuel and spare parts was enough to cause his uncle to shut down his business and sadly, never sat foot in an aircraft again. Shattered and without direction, Godfrey let go of his dream and, once out of school, found himself working construction and selling charcoal on the side.


Recently, luck fell upon him and he met Canadian, Benjamin Jordan, who, through means of producing a documentary, ultimately taught him to paraglide.

As Malawi's only paraglider pilot, Godfrey now supports himself and his family by traveling from school to school, delivering motivational talks to students, encouraging them to follow their dreams. He is working towards building a permanent structure from which he will host his inspirational curriculum and open Malawi's first motivational and paragliding school, The School of Dreams, the subject of Jordan's upcoming documentary.

Now an inspirational celebrity in Malawi, Godfrey has been giving presentations to larger and more mature audiences, including a 15 minute TED Talk at the start of June (2013).

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