Graphic: Yale Alumni Live: Jeremiah Bogert '89 with Jessica Q. Chen

Join us live to meet Jeremiah, director and producer of the new film, Surf Nation, a feature-length observational documentary that tells a story beginning in Hainan, China’s southernmost province, where hundreds of athletes as young as 9 years old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. Jeremiah will be joined by co-director and producer Jessica Q. Chen to share their filmmaking journey. They will even give us a sneak peek of the film before the world premiere at Mountainfilm during Memorial Day weekend.   

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Alex surfing from the movie Surf Nation

As China trains its first generation of Olympic surfers, two promising young athletes – Alex and Lolo – navigate adolescence, freedom, and their love of the sport. 

These young recruits have left their families around the country and are paid to become surfers with Olympic aspirations. Shot in a tropical paradise with miles of empty beaches, aspiring athletes and their international coaches live in an old hotel that has become the hub of surfing in China. Over a period of two years, we follow two of China’s top surfers, 17-year-old Alex, who dreams of competing at the highest levels of pro surfing but has contempt for training, and 22-year-old Lolo, who rejects a traditional life for a Chinese woman and surfs despite her parents’ disapproval. We follow them as they train with the team, compete – and most of all, discover what they want their lives to be.

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