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All inclusive

Documentary on the Special Olympics

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Directors: Thorsten Ernst, Tobias Lickes
Directors of photography: Malte Nieschalk, Gordon Volk
Additional camera:: Tobias Lickes

A film by Thorsten Ernst, Tobias Lickes, Malte Nieschalk and Gordon Volk (2023)

Four countries, four athletes - one dream: to be part of the Special Olympics World Games. For athletes with intellectual disabilities, the 2023 Summer Games in Berlin are the goal of a lifetime. No matter whether they come from Germany, Finland, Kenya or Mongolia: Through sport they want to get closer to their real goal - to be a recognised part of their society...

But how can this be achieved? The answers are as diverse as the athletes themselves. The documentary accompanies five athletes from all over the world on their way to the Special Olympics in Berlin.

The film shows how differently people from all over the world deal with the issue of mental disabilities - and yet in their own way they want to achieve the same thing through their sport: true inclusion.

The documentary will be shown in these cinemas 2023.

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"Lovely and worth seeing." (ZDF)

"A passionate documentary." (Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung)

"Inspiring documentary about the Special Olympics." (NDR)

"Very touching." (MDR)

"The beautiful film takes (...) a lot of time to portray the athletes very accurately in their daily, often conflict-ridden environment". (RBB)

"A moving documentary." (Rheinische Post)

"In a very touching way and with a surprising amount of humour, the film portrays the story of four athletes with disabilities." (Day 24)

"All the more inspiring (is) the closeness to the male and female athletes, which makes "All Inclusive" an impressive cinematic pleasure." (MOPO)

"Etermined, unswerving, and full of fighting spirit, this film allows the audience to partake in the athletes’ journey towards the games". (Images of Disability)

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