Showing at 07:15PM on Thursday, April 14, 2005
More Documentaries, Spotlight Films
Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 7:15pm at Enzian Theater
Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 9:00pm at Regal Winter Park Village
USA, 2005, 86 MIN
DIRECTED BY HENRY ALEX RUBIN & DANA ADAM SHAPIRO
“It’s hard to get corporate sponsorship with a name like ‘Murderball,’” deadpans Mark Zupan, captain of Team USA. The sport, now called “quad rugby,” is a no-holds-barred, physically violent game played by quadriplegics in armored wheelchairs worthy of Mad Max. This extraordinary documentary chronicles the intense two-and-a-half year journey of Team Canada, led by ex-Team USA star Joe Soares, to beat their bitter rivals, the Americans, at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Like any great sports story, Murderball features fierce rivalries, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities, and triumphs over daunting odds. With its all-access pass, the film delves into individual back stories, family life, and the momentous task of relearning everything you’ve ever known—from brushing your teeth to driving a car to having sex. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and a Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful, incredibly entertaining work redefines what it is to be a man, what it requires to live a full life, and what it means to be a winner.