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Have you ever seen an exciting -- I mean reallyexciting -- documentary? A film relaying real events that has yousitting forward in your seat and wringing your hands just like when IndianaJones was holding on to the grill of that truck carrying the Ark?

"Rock the Boat" is a shot-on-video documentaryabout an all-gay, all-HIV-positive crew of amateur yachtsmen flying (orsailing, as the case may be) in the face their infections with life-affirminggusto by entering one of the world's hardest yacht races, the Trans-Pacific.

"10 out of 10 for vivacity, but an exciting yachtrace documentary?" I hear you sniffing.

That's what I thought going in, but filmmaker Robert Houstondelivers the audience not only vividly onto the deck of this roller-coastersloop cutting a wild, perilous swath through the Pacific Ocean from Californiato Hawaii, but also into the lives of its crew, their larger mission ofhope and the kind of camaraderie and animosity that's inevitable when youput 11 men on a small vessel for two weeks without showers.

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