VIP Watch Party: Swim Team

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April 15, 2021
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Join Iowa PBS in honoring Autism Awareness Month with a VIP Watch Party featuring POV: Swim Team on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. With an inspiring look at the power of community to transcend disability, this award-winning documentary follows the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum as they form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum to compete with them. Over the course of a year, the film chronicles the rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, the struggles they face and the triumphs they achieve as they strive for independence, inclusion and a life that feels like winning.

The watch party is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS, and presented in partnership with ASK Resource Center, Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and Autism Society of Iowa.

Through the online shared media viewing platform, audience members can discuss the film, share resources and ask questions during the live discussion. Following the program, award-winning filmmaker Lara Stolman will join the conversation via video to answer questions and discuss the film.

Support for this event is provided by Easterseals Iowa, who provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Their mission is to provide independence, hope and support for Iowans through 15 unique programs serving individuals throughout the lifespan.

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Swim Team

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

83min 24sec



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    Lara Stolman



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