Directed by Lara Stolman (USA, 2016, 90 min.).
Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive New Jersey swim team for teens on the autism spectrum. We follow the overwhelming struggles and extraordinary triumphs of three young athletes, from the opening day of the swim season to the opening ceremony of the national Special Olympics. Co-presented with the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival.
“By keeping a tight focus on three very different teenaged boys on the spectrum and their families, [Stolman’s] film handily dispatches widely held assumptions about autism, among them that every kid on the spectrum is a genius; that they’re all obsessed with patterns or systems; that no one with autism likes to be touched; that they can’t process emotion and prefer to be alone. Like you and me and everyone we know, they’re all different, and the film honors that beautifully.” – NPR
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