2016, Lara Stolman, USA, 100 min.
- Sun, Jul 23rd 5:15pm
- Wed, Jul 26th 6:00pm
“Instructive and inspiring…an example of what’s possible for kids who might otherwise have been permanently sidelined.” — Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
“Exceptional…what it means to come together for a common goal.” — Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film
When New Jersey parents Maria and Mike McQuay observed that their young son with autism became calm and focused in the family pool, they founded a swim team, the Jersey Hammerheads, at a local Y, recruiting a multicultural group of other boys on the autism spectrum. A decade later, the now co-ed team thrives as a unique confidence-building program that produces a remarkable range of social and therapeutic benefits for the swimmers, some who have become champions in the Special Olympics. Director Stolman zeroes in on three teens, Mikey, Robert, and Kelvin, and their parents, charting the emotional journey of families challenging the limitations that society places on their children. “When I’m swimming I feel normal,” says Mikey. DCP digital. (BS)