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My Way to Olympia

by Niko von Glasow
My Way to Olympia

National PBS Premiere on POV
TONIGHT, July 7th at 10 PM

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Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately — or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary — this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are "a stupid idea." Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London's Paralympics competition in My Way to Olympia. As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get delightfully punctured. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.


My Way to Olympia: Discussion Guide

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Live Chat with the Filmmaker

Join a live Google+ chat with Niko von Glasow and Paralympic Gold Medalist Greg Polychronidis on July 8th from 1-2pm (ET). The pair will answer questions about the making of the film and the realities of life for athletes with disabilities. RSVP to the Facebook Event. Join and watch the chat on Google+: http://bit.ly/SA6A0h.



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Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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