Pequot presents documentary film Swim Team

The award-winning PBS film Swim Team will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at Pequot Library. Lara Stolman’s debut documentary chronicles the rise of three diverse young athletes who fall on the autism spectrum, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels like winning. Film screening followed by discussion and light refreshments.

James Sullivan of The Boston Globe describes the film as “a rousing tale of autism, parenting, and swimming. The film is populated by amazing people. That’s the pleasure of watching it, to me. You see humanity, in a lot of ways, at its very best.”

At its heart, Swim Team chronicles the hard work and dedication the athletes undertake to make life work in and out of the swimming pool. Compassionate and perceptive, filmmaker Stolman also manages to capture the parents’ hopes and frustrations. She makes clear that the parents face financial burdens, compounded by an underfunded public school system ill-equipped to support special-needs children and young adults.  “When people ask me how I found the story of Swim Team, I say it found me,” said Stolman.

Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times says, “The breaststroking, freestyling young athletes in Swim Team couldn’t be more different in terms of personality, drive, appeal, and, of course, developmental challenges, and it gives this film from Lara Stolman its particular character, heart, and verve.”

Swim Team is part of the PBS POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) series, television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented over 500 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling, and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
Public programs at Pequot Library are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

PBS film Swim Team to be shown at Pequot Library on Tuesday February 20, 2018. The documentary chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes who fall on the autism spectrum, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels like winning.

PBS film Swim Team to be shown at Pequot Library on Tuesday February 20, 2018. The documentary chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes who fall on the autism spectrum, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels like winning.

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