Enthralling viewing even for audiences with little to no knowledge of or interest in sailing, opening at The Ross on Friday, August 9, MAIDEN pays powerful tribute to a true pioneer. [MAIDEN is] a timely and relevant story about bold women breaking down barriers while some of their male counterparts go through the motions — dismissing them, gawking at them, not believing them, and finally, begrudgingly, letting them in. –Kate Erbland, IndieWire A rousing, real-life, feminist adventure tale. –Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter [Its] political narrative arc is what distinguishes "Maiden," which draws you in even when the predigital images prove less than lovely. –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times MAIDEN is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, August 9 through Thursday, August 22. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated MAIDEN PG (for language, thematic elements, some suggestive content and brief smoking images). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They would never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They would never find funding. They did not have the strength or skill. They would die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist? Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.