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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Ping Pong and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Ping Pong: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Ping Pong to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.

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Film Information

Ping Pong (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 9, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link | Embed

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

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Hugh Hartford
Hugh Hartford
Anson Hartford
Anson Hartford

Film Update

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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