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My Way to Olympia (2013)

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The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who compete at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. He himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sport who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.

He meets U.S. archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Games in London. Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited). He tells this story with an intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.

Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen
Niko von Glasow
English, German with English subtitles

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Iadora, posted on September 11, 2016

At first I had trouble understanding what was going on. Eventually, I began to understand that the main person was The maker of this film! Then, I realized he was exploring the feelings of the participants in Para Olympics had in contrast to his own. Realized that he was profoundly skillful in drawing out and clarifying the deep wisdom and integrity of the contestants, NTM unbelievable courage and peaceful acceptance of their situations! I also liked that there was a balance of success and loss in the end. And especially the precious, gentle time alone, together in the boccie field at the end!

weezey, posted on January 3, 2014

A very inspiring show to say the least. These people have found their bliss by always continuing on their quest to succeed. I hope the rest of us could lead such meaningful and impactful lives.

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