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Swim Team (2016)

  • Director: Lara Stolman
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Drama, Family
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 100 min.

This screening is Free thanks to the support of Abilities First.
In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity.

SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

"This isn't "just" a film about special needs. It's about special kids - and the very special adults who advocate for them."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Swim Team is long enough to break and warm your heart in equal measure - which is about what you'd expect from a documentary about teenagers with autism who are training to compete in the Special Olympics."
- Ella Taylor, NPR
"An eye-opening look at one couple's response to the dearth of public services, therapies and programs for their son. An exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances."
- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times