Must-Watch Films to Celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

By WORLD CHANNEL

 
Personal, true stories of how sports can change everything.

We’ve waited long enough, and now #Tokyo2020 is finally here! This month, the best athletes in the world will compete for the chance to win both medals and glory. From gymnastics and swimming to track and field, the competition is stacked, and though we’ll be watching from home, the heat of the Olympics is as alive as ever.

As we await the scores of our favorite athletes, share in the love for and community of sports by watching WORLD Channel films that tell true, personal and diverse stories of the thrill of the games. 

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1. Road Runners
Doc World | Premieres August 1 on TV, online & the PBS app

In Montego Bay, young athletes prepare to compete in the island’s greatest sporting event: Champs. See what it means to grow up in Jamaica, and learn why these students are striving for success that can determine their lives.

2. Pyne Poynt
America ReFramed | Streaming online & on the PBS app

Facing fears of police and violent drug dealers, Camden, New Jersey resident Bryan Morton leads a charge to reclaim Pyne Poynt Park as a safe space for little league teams and the community. Against all odds, Morton rallies an array of stakeholders and transforms Pyne Poynt into a field of dreams, where for two sacred hours, the youth can play freely in the field.

3. The Australian Dream
Pacific Heartbeat | Streaming online & on the PBS app

The inspirational story of Indigenous Australian Football League legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.

4. Ice Warriors
Medal Quest | Streaming online & on the PBS app

Follow the U.S. sled hockey team on their road to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. These remarkable competitors – experienced athletes and rookie players, high school students and military veterans wounded in action – shared one goal: to make history with a repeat gold medal win.

5. Game On!
Stories from the Stage | Streaming online & on the PBS app

You can’t win if you don’t play – and playing can make all the difference. Nora Meiners fills in the blanks as the missing pieces person at a jigsaw puzzle company; Olympian ski jumper Nick Fairall tells how one leap changed his life forever; and on his first hunting trip, John Stewart fears disappointing his dad, an avid hunter.

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