Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, Director Lara Stolman's triumphant film profiles members of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team made up of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum, based in the state with the highest rate of autism in the USA. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie and Kelvin gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool.
"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring..."
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"...an exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances."
Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye For Film
"Swim Team is a probing, honest, and uplifting look at the challenges that young autistic people and their families face as they "age out" of services after high school. It's also a beautifully filmed and sensitively paced portrait of a group of autistic people of color who give their all to take their team to the state finals for a chance to swim at the Special Olympics. You will not soon forget these wonderful young swimmers, or the struggles of their parents as they refuse to allow their kids' potential to be limited by society's low expectations for their future."
Steve Silberman Author. NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes