About This Collection
The Road to Rio...begins with the stories.
Episodes In This Collection
P.O.V.: My Way to Olympia
Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games “stupid?” When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away.
Age of Champions
The story of athletes who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. Meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and basketball grandmothers triumphing over the limitations of age. When one loses a spouse and another is diagnosed with cancer, they've got to dig even deeper to make their dreams come true.
Independent Lens: T. Rex - Her Fight for Gold
Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight as the number one ranked boxer deals with subsequent challenges and disappointments over race, class and gender bias.
The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936
Chronicling the story of how the Nazis and the International Olympic Committee turned a relatively small, elitist, sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that continues to this day. Despite the modern Olympic Games being “revived” in 1896, the Games as we have come to know them were shaped by their collaboration of interests.
American Experience: The Boys of '36
Explore the thrilling story of the nine working-class young men of the American rowing team that took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Inspired by the best-seller "The Boys in the Boat," the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.
Munich '72 and Beyond
An act of terrorism: Palestinian extremists invade the Summer Olympics, murdering 11 Israeli athletes. With chilling detail, Munich '72 and Beyond investigates the Munich massacre, its aftermath and its relevance. It reveals alarming new evidence and never-before-seen photographs, and captures a poignant 43-year struggle for public remembrance.