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June 26, 2022

Swim Team

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 Adults & $5 Students
The Center for Rural Development
Swim Team

Swim Team is a feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of Swim Team is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and undeserved in autism intervention and education. The film follows three of the team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, Swim Team captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

To purchase tickets, call 606-677-6000. Tickets not available online.


Autfest International Film Festival – Best Documentary
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival – Best Sports Documentary
Lighthouse International Film Festival – Audience Award
Monmouth Film Festival – Audience Award, Best NJ Film
Montclair Film Festival – Winner, NJ Films Competition
Napa Valley Film Festival – Artist in Residence
Nashville Film Festival – Human Spirit Award
Picture This Film Festival – Best Feature Documentary
Social Impact Media Awards – Jury Prize for Ethos
Wales International Doc Fest – Best Feature Cinematography


“Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring…” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“An exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances…” – Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film

“Heartwarming, inspirational and incredibly informative.” – Alex Biese, Asbury Park Press

“A film that gives us a rare window into the essence of the heartbreak of families coping with autism, and the exhilarating healing powers of their love and devotion.” – Glenn Fennelly, MD, MPH, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School