DOCNZ: The New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival


Infectiously Inspiring -Washington Post


Age of Champions

USA 2011 / 72min.
Director Christopher Rufo. Producers Ali Sargent, Keith Ochwat.

Every two years, more than 12,000 athletes from across the country compete in the National Senior Games.

Roger Gentilhomme is a 100 year-old tennis champion from Massachusetts. Heís fought through cancer, arthritis, hernias, hay fever, and a recent concussion on the court.

Adolph Hoffman is a cattle rancher, WW II veteran, and track and field athlete from Somerset, Texas. He hopes to break the world record in pole vaulting for the 85-89 age group. His top rival Earl Blassengame is looking to unseat him in the discus, shotput, and javelin.

The Tigerettes are 5-time womenís basketball gold medalists from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Off the court, they are charming Southern belles and caring grandmothers.

On the court, they transform into winner-take-all competitors who will dive, push, and elbow their way to another title.

Brad and John Tatum are African-American swimmers from Washington DC. As children, they learned to swim in the Potomac River because there were no integrated pools. They are finally getting their chance to shine as senior Olympians.

For these athletes, their participation in the Games is more than a sports story. Itís a metaphor for the struggles facing all senior citizens: illness, the death of loved ones and finding purpose in old age.


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Festivals and Awards

  • DocMiami 2011
  • SilverDocs 2011
  • San Diego FF 2011

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Screening in Wellington

Mon 21 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
7:15pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay
Sun 27 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
1:15pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay
Wed 30 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
12pm City Gallery WellingtonBook 

Other Cities

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