Thursday, January 05, 2006


I just finished experiencing the "Murderball" DVD. This is one of the most exhilarating and inspirational films I have ever seen. It is a documentary about the USA Paralympic Rugby Team. These quadriplegic athletes demonstrate a level of competitiveness and skill to rival any professional athlete in any sport. The game is played on a regulation size basketball court in modified wheelchairs and is definitely a full contact sport. The wheelchairs are built for both speed and collision as the players crash into one another in an attempt to tip over rival players. The film portrays these young men as complete persons who experience the whole range of human emotion. It was so great to experience a movie about people with disabilities that doesn't affirm stereotypes or portray them simply as people to be pitied. The men in this film challenge our perceptions about them and encourage the viewer to live life more fully. This film is rated "R" for very strong language and a brief segment about the sexual lives of the athletes.

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