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And Yet, I Remain

An inspiring testament to the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity.


Rick Wall’s short documentary, co-devised with Dougal Paterson, delves into the remarkable story of resilience embodied by shark attack survivor Caleb Swanepoel, a South African water sport enthusiast. Despite the traumatic loss of his leg to a great white shark, Caleb’s response to the adversity is an inspiring testament to the human spirit.

The film beautifully captures Caleb’s unwavering positivity, strength, and his enduring love for the ocean, a passion unshaken by the harrowing attack. Instead of succumbing to victimhood, Caleb turns his experience into a source of empowerment, undergoing therapy and embracing the use of an artificial limb. The narrative unfolds as a moving survivor story, poignant and uplifting in equal measure.

Astounding cinematography, particularly in the underwater scenes, adds a layer of visual poetry to the film, echoing Caleb’s profound connection with the healing power of the ocean. His resilience and appreciation for life become a beacon of inspiration, making this documentary a beautiful and uplifting exploration of the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity.

And Yet, I Remain Short Documentary


Runtime: 8 min

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