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MY WAY TO OLYMPIA

by Niko von Glasow

synopsis

The story of someone who set out to overcome their fear of sport – and especially of those who pursue it. Niko von Glasow, ‘Germany’s one and only short-armed director’, travels around the world to meet athletes preparing for the 2012 Paralympics: one-armed table tennis player Aida Husic Dahlen from Norway; boccia champion Greg Polychronidis from Greece who is paralysed from the neck down; short-armed archer Matt Stutzman from the USA; one-legged swimmer Christiane Reppe from Germany and Rwanda’s sitting volleyball team. Eager to learn, the director takes an upbeat and self-critical look at what pushes these athletes to their physical and mental limits and discovers how sport has given them the courage to face life.

international title: My Way to Olympia
original title: Mein Weg nach Olympia
country: Germany
sales agent: If... Productions
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Niko von Glasow
film run: 85'
release date: DE 17/10/2013
screenplay: Niko von Glasow
cinematography by: Hajo Schomerus
film editing: Mechthild Barth, Bernhard Reddig
producer: Ingo Fliess
co-producer: Niko von Glasow, Florian Caspar Seibel, Helge Sasse
production: if... Productions, Palladio Film GmbH & CO KG, Senator Film Produktion, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk, SWR – Südwestrundfunk
distributor: Senator Filmverleih
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