Mary Mazzio on the Olympics, Film Activism and A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

For 20 years, Mary Mazzio has been creating films that spotlight the underprivileged. A Most Beautiful Thing, a documentary film, centers on America’s first all-black High School rowing team of the gang-infested Manley High School, in Chicago, IL in the late 90s. Mazzio, an Olympic rowing athlete, has found her niche.

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THE GOLDEN GIRL – Review by Sarah Ward

This is a movie with a fascinating, eventful, weighty and important story to relay, spanning not only the minutiae of what happened to Andreea Răducan, but the Olympics’ handling of the controversy, the ins and outs of gymnastics world in general and Romanian gymnastics specifically, the pressure put on young girls in the field and the move towards younger competitors.

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THE WEIGHT OF GOLD – Review by Diane Carson

The Weight of Gold examines mental health issues of Olympic athletes. The frank discussion of depression, including suicidal thoughts, applies to more than just elite athletes, because perhaps one in five Americans are affected, making this film important to large audiences

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RUNNER – Review by Diane Carson

Director Bill Gallagher’s documentary called simply Runner does indeed, truth in naming, focus on twice Olympic marathon competitor Guor Mading Maker, previously Guor Marial. But that merely identifies his adult achievement as an elite athlete whereas Guor’s first, desperate running as a child was to hide in bushes in order to save his life in his native warring Sudan.

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