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Paralympic Gold Medalist Greg Polychronidis Joins ‘My Way to Olympia’ Filmmaker Niko von Glasow for Live Chat

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Update: This #docchat has ended (watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_KSQhbEbgw). Thank you to all who participated and submitted questions.

Paralympic gold medalist Greg Polychronidis featured in My Way to Olympia will join filmmaker Niko von Glasow for a live video chat on POV’s Google+ page on Tuesday, July 8th, 1-2 PM EST (10-11 AM PT). They will be taking your questions about the realities of disabled athletes and the experience of making the documentary.

Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately — or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary — this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are “a stupid idea.” Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London’s Paralympics competition in My Way to Olympia. As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get delightfully punctured. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

Ask the subject and filmmaker questions by posting your comments below.

Here is an overview of the event:

Where: Online on POV’s Google+ page

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1-2 PM ET (10-11 AM PT).

Who: Paralympic Gold Medalist Greg Polychronidis and filmmaker Niko von Glasow will be the guests.

How: Go to the Google+ event page to watch the live video. Let us know you’re coming and get your questions in early by RSVPing on the Google+ event page. You can also leave your question as a comment on this post or by tweeting with the hashtag #docchat. If you are accessing the chat via a mobile device, you will need the Hangouts app which must be synced to YouTube. Download the app for iOS or Android devices. If you miss the event, revisit this page later for a recorded video of the discussion.

On Monday, July 7, 2014, at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of My Way to Olympia on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from July 8 to August 6, 2014.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 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.