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The Debora Effect

World Premiere
11 mins |
Canada |
  • Biking
  • Canadian
  • Women
Darcy Hennessey Turenne
LANGUAGE(S): English


After a life-altering brain injury, mountain bike enthusiast Debora DeNapoli finds profound healing in one place she’s been warned never to return to: the trails.

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This film was part of Fall Series 2022, Program 3, Summer Fest 2023, VIMFF 2023 Tour and is no longer available for viewing.


vimff the debora effect director darcy hennessey turenne

Darcy Hennessey Turenne

Darcy Hennessey Turenne is one of the most awarded and prolific female action-sports filmmakers in the industry today. A former professional mountain biker, Darcy is a staple in the outdoor, environmental, and action sports communities but her work extends far beyond the sports world, ranging from quirky shorts, feature-length docs, and commercial spots for clients like Audi to Patagonia. Her latest film “Elle Aime” was a Vimeo “Staff Pick” and chosen as a Vimeo “Best of the Year”. Despite her action-sports background and extensive adventures in faraway places, Darcy still regards giving birth to her son as the craziest thing she’s done to date.


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