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An introduction to the rules of ping pong at the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia.

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Eight players with 703 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships. Ping Pong is a meditation on mortality and a joyous tribute to the human spirit.

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In this deleted scene from Ping Pong, a senior table tennis player deals with an aging body as he prepares for the Over-80 World Table Tennis Championships.

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In this deleted scene from Ping Pong, Lisa's husband explains the philosophy behind how he lives his life.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmakers Hugh and Anson Hartford discuss their film about competitors at the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia.

Classroom Clips

Inge competes at the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championship.

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Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia.

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Les competes at the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championship.

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Meet Les D'Arcy, a 91-year-old weightlifter and poet, going for the gold.<

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Film Information

Ping Pong (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 9, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Hugh Hartford, Anson Hartford Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim

Filmmakers

Hugh Hartford
Hugh Hartford
Anson Hartford
Anson Hartford
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Critical Acclaim

Remember must-see TV? For older folks, those days are gone as the new fall television season again features a lineup of youth-oriented dramas, adolescent comedies and reality shows. . . . Fortunately, PBS has . . . alternatives for the Act 2 set: Ping Pong. .”

—Peter King, Newsday

“Hartford’s film has all the elements of classic sports movies: a major stadium . . . an opening ceremony with a parade of flags, national TV news coverage . . . knockout rounds and mounting tension. .”

—Gary Drevitch, Huffington Post

“A charming and even inspirational doc. . . . Ultimately it doesn’t really matter who wins and who loses. You are grateful for the opportunity to have walked for a while in their orthopedic sneakers, and to experience their undiminished zest for life. .”

—Rob Salem, The Toronto Star

“Who could have imagined there were people over 100 years old with more passion and determination than most people one-fifth their age! The film is baffling, inspiring and sweet, and it’s wonderful to see how ping-pong has transformed their lives. .”

—Susan Sarandon, actress, co-founder, SPiN Galactic

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