In July 2014, POV caught up with Niko von Glasow, filmmaker of My Way to Olympia, to find out what’s happened since the camera stopped rolling.
What has happened in the lives of the following characters since the end of this film?
American archer Matt Stutzman
Matt continues his career in archery, he’s very ambitious. His views have become less right wing. He recently had his third child.
Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen
I’ve heard that she’s fallen in love. She’s very private, so after the film I have respected her privacy.
Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis
Gregory is going to marry a Greek sports journalist, who saw him in my film and fell in love with him. They will marry soon, I think this fall.
The Rwandan Sitting Volleyball team
I don’t know how they are doing, we haven’t been in touch. They didn’t like me very much because I asked questions about the Rwandan genocide which upset them.
German swimmer Christiane Reppe, who appears in a longer version of the film
Cristiane has left the sport of swimming, and is now a champion in handcycling. Cristiane became a great friend of mine after the film.
How have audiences reacted to the film?
People are very shy to go to the cinema to see a film about disability. But if they come they are absolutely blown away by my film. Especially children and teenagers love our film. I’m very curious what the American audience will say about my film!
What has been the reaction from within the Paralympic community?
The bureaucrats in the Paralympic movement don’t like my film too much. The athletes are very positive and happy about it.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on two different films:
The first is called Girl from Tibet. It’s a true story that will be a fiction film. A little Tibetan girl comes to a super-rich, neurotic, Jewish family in New York, and then later flees back to Tibet with the son.
The other film is a documentary about a social experiment. It follows several girls in living in underprivileged situations in Asia, and how education can change their lives. We will pay for their education for three years. We hope that education can change the world. Women are not educated. I believe it’s the center of all political problems we have at the moment. Education is emancipation. If women get educated, the world will be a better place.