USA/2013/27mins/directed by Gillian Willman The story of a fiercely independent and free-thinking young woman, who found freedom by reinventing herself as the daring "Annie Londonderry" entrepreneur, athlete, and celebrated globetrotter. Described by the New York World on October 20, 1895, as "the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman," the unprecedented 'round the world odyssey was reportedly set in motion by a novel, high-stakes wager made by two wealthy clubmen in Boston. Annie's challenge was not only to circle the globe by bicycle in 15 months, but also to earn $5,000 en route. This was no mere test of a woman's physical endurance and mental fortitude; the venture was a test of a woman's ability to fend for herself in a man's world.
Though Annie Londonderry became a global sensation in the mid-1890s, she has otherwise been forgotten by history for more than a century. With this documentary film, Annie Londonderry, one of the most colorful women of her time, will be introduced for the first time in more than 115 years to an American audience.
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