Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other 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.
New York, NY
July 7-20, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
July 21-27, 2017
Laemmle Monica Film Center
July 23 & 26, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center
July 29-30 & August 2, 2017
August 17, 2017
August 18, 2017
August 22, 2017
August 25-31, 2017
August 29, 2017
SWIM TEAM is a feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of SWIM TEAM is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education. The film follows three of the team's star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, SWIM TEAM captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring."
"Persons of the Week."
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT with David Muir
"This film provides a beacon of hope."
"...a touching glimpse at a community solution to an inclusion problem."
Los Angeles Times
...long enough to break and warm your heart in equal measure."
"An inspiring documentary."
"...a portrait of heartbreak, frustration and triumph."
"Eye-opening and heart opening."
"Swim Team treats its subjects as would any sports movie attuned to character and drama."
The New York Times
"NJ kids are racing for the win."
The Star Ledger
"Technically as well as emotionally, this is a film that hooks you."
Edge Media Network
"Just might change your perspective regarding inclusion and disabilities."
"...a compassionate, inspiring documentary..."
Common Sense Media