Winner - Best Documentary - All Sports Los Angeles FF
Winner - Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award Beaufort International FF
Winner - Grand Prize/Best Regional Film - Charleston FF
Winner - Accolade Competition

Beyond survival, an ancient Chinese sport catapults an unlikely crew of cancer survivors into a new way of being. Redefining the word 'sick' and re-framing the meaning of their diagnosis, these fractured individuals transform into a single force of power and beauty. Wrapped in a sport that is a feast for the senses, this film of nail-biting competition and intimate revelations challenges traditional medical thinking; revealing a path to wellness that holds hope for all survivors. Awaken the Dragon is a moving and inspiring ride that leaves viewers wondering if they too have the power to awaken the dragon within.

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Produced and Directed by Liz Oakley. Director of Photography Ed Bates ( Original Music by Miriam Cutler. Sound Engineering and Design by Joe Milner.

A production of IVS Video, Inc. - Charleston

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