Mary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive Austin, Texas 78704
Date ~ September 13th 2016 Tuesday Evening
Time ~ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topic: The Way To Olympia (movie)
This hour and twenty-two minute film is a very uplifting and empowering movie which will dispel any myth one might have regarding a person’s limitations. The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who will compete at the Paralympic Games in London during 2012. The film director himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sports 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 United States 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 Paralympic Games in London. Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and their own 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 intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject. This awe inspiring film truly highlights how a person lives their live focusing on their abilities.
Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen
Light refreshments will be served.
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