As we head into the summer there are plenty of short films and documentaries that will be hitting the big screen this summer, but one that really caught my eye was Swim Team.
This must see feature documentary chronicles the rise of a competitive swim team made up of teenagers on the autism spectrum.
Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of Swim Team is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education.
The film follows three of the team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity.
As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, Swim Team captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
“Swim Team” will air September 11, 2017 on PBS. Check your local listings.