PBS Premiere: July 7, 2014
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.
My Way to Olympia (60 min.)
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July 7, 2014
A fresh, funny, uplifting documentary about disabled athletes. By making himself part of the story, Niko von Glasow enriches the film with his own life experience, but also with deadpan charm and irreverent humor.
— Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
[von Glasow] starts defying expectations. . . . By the film's end, do you sense that you know these athletes' stories and feelings better than you would have with a conventional approach? The likely answer is yes.
— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
This is only partially a story of the glory of sport, or the pluckiness of the physically challenged. . . . von Glasow is . . . less interested in who wins than in their family dynamics and inner life.
— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
Forced to participate in athletics as a kid, [von Glasow] grew up hating sports—which doesn't keep his film. . . from being touching, funny and even inspirational.
— New York Daily News