Tuesday, January 4 at 10 p.m. – Independent Lens "Men Who Swim"
(Rochester, NY) – Dylan Williams’ Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men — including the filmmaker — who found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all-male synchronized swimming team. What began as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities gradually evolved into a more serious commitment. Inspired by classical techniques from 1950s-era swimmer Esther Williams, this group of train drivers and meat buyers, archivists and teachers soon became passionate exponents of the sport. Men Who Swim will premiere on the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by America Ferrera, Tuesday, January 4 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
Initially believing that they were the only all-male team in the world, the members of the swim team were surprised to discover that other countries also had teams, including Japan, Ukraine, Holland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. And, for the first time ever, there was even going to be an unofficial All-Male World Championship.
The team entered the 2009 championship in Milan and quickly realized they would have to step up their game to have a chance at the medals. At the beginning there was resistance amongst the men, but eventually they started to work in sync and pull together a winning routine.
2009 was also a significant year for many in the team, as over half of them would turn 40. It’s an age when they must take stock of their lives, ask themselves what they have achieved, and wonder where they are going in the future. Men Who Swim follows their journey in and out of the pool as they ultimately discover that this milestone is all about discovering that you already have everything you ever wanted.
To learn more about the film, visit the Men Who Swim interactive companion website (pbs.org/men-who-swim), which features detailed information on the film, including an interview with the filmmaker and links and resources pertaining to the film’s subject matter. The site also features a Talkback section for viewers to share their ideas and opinions, preview clips of the film, and more.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Copyright Amp and Met Film
Caption: The team practices underwater.
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