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The Rein of Mary King 
Documentary
10 minutes
Director: Lucy Walker
Year: 2012
Country: United Kingdom
Sun 9:30 AM

When she was thirteen, British equestrian Mary King substituted for an injured friend, mounted a horse she’d never ridden before, and won the competition. She’s been on a winning streak ever since. Now at fifty-one, with three Olympic medals to her name, she balances caring for her husband, children, and horses with the drive to stay at the top level of cross-country equestrianism, the only sport in which women compete equally with men.


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Crooked Lines 
Documentary
20 minutes
Director: Lucy Walker
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Ailson Eraclito da Silva was the best rower in Brazilian history, the Michael Phelps of his sport. Growing up in a leper colony on the banks of the Amazon river, he faced constant discrimination. Finally, his dream to win a Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics was within his grasp — until he was disqualified from the Olympic trials for being too heavy. Ailson returns home and faces up to the real reason he can’t control his weight. [subtitles]

Secrets of the Mongolian Archers 
Documentary
14 minutes
Director: Lucy Walker
Year: 2012
Country: Mongolia

It is said that from age eight through eighty, everybody in Mongolia shoots — arrows that is. Archery is in their blood, handed down through the legacy of Genghis Khan, who conquered half the world with bows and arrows. The story of Mongolia’s Olympic athletes, the artisans who make their tools, and the Buddhist calm that helps them stay on target, is filmed against the stunning backdrop of a Mongolian winter. [subtitles]

The Red Pill 
Documentary
14 minutes
Director: Lucy Walker
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt was paralyzed shortly after arriving in the US as an infant. Despite daunting obstacles, Anjali now holds a PhD, a world record, and an Olympic medal in 200m wheelchair racing. The Red Pill traces the history of disability sports through the personal journeys of Anjali, her mentor Jean Driscoll (eight-time winner of the Boston marathon), Jean’s own mentor, Tim Nugent (who fought for the rights of disabled WWII veterans), and Anjali’s teenage protégés.
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