The Dragon Within

Release date:

1997

Running time:

50 minutes

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Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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"Many of today's dragon boaters may be unaware they share rituals with paddlers of thousands of years ago. What is it about this ancient Chinese sport that has captured the hearts of people of all ages from all over the world? Perhaps it is the ritualistic nature of the sport that has newcomers to dragon boating addicted after the first practice."

A fascinating contest of tactics and manoeuvres, dragon boat racing can be traced back over 2000 years. The race is a spectacular sight that is preceded by rich ceremonies and celebrations. Carved to resemble magnificent dragons, each boat has its own drum that resonates throughout the hull. Under the direction of a spiritual leader the numerous paddlers become one with the boat as they partake in this exciting event. The Dragon Within celebrates the North Americans, particularly Vancouverites, who have embraced this sport. They enthusiastically discuss the new traditions they bring to dragon boating.

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