This short documentary explores the Long Beach dragon boat community through TK Kimura’s inspiring story. TK’s mission of bettering herself and the people around her sheds light on the power of love, community, positivity, and fitness. Today these principles strengthen TK’s will to live her best life as she battles ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a disease she faces after beating cancer 17 years prior.

Screenings / Awards

  • Kathleen Ly: Director
  • Kathleen Ly: Writer
  • Kathleen Ly: Producer
  • TK Kimura: Key Cast
  • Mike Baker: Key Cast


  • Film Type: Documentary
  • Runtime: 25 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date: March 31, 2020
  • Production Budget: 5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Film Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker: No
  • Student Project: No


  • Santa Cruz Film Festival Santa Cruz
    United States
    June 1, 2010
  • First Annual Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference Chicago
    United States
    June 1, 2010