Discover the Power and Grit behind Italian Amateur Para-Swimming through the lens of amateur national gold-medallist, Sofia Brizio. Uncover how the sport can Transform a life, the nuances of disability discrimination in Italy, and a compelling love of the water.
Due to prejudice towards her cerebral palsy Sofia moved to the UK for better opportunities, but her passion for swimming makes her return back to Italy every season to compete. With a hole in her left lung and a worsening condition she fears that this may be her last competitive year but she is determined to break her own records and to continue going against the current.
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SWIMMING, SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS
Sofia was born with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy that impacts her coordination and motion. The congenital neurodevelopmental disability has left her with limited movement from the waist down, difficulty walking and damage to her left lung, but despite it all she goes against the current and swims.
Sofia has been competing at a national level with her local team in Italy since 2010, winning over 6 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 bronze.
The passionate 26-year-old has left her life in Italy to start anew in Wales. Settling in Cardiff, Sofia has found independence and a new career. However, the move has taken her away from her swimming team and where she normally trains, but she is determined not to leave the water.
We join Sofia as she restarts her para-swimming passion in Wales with the guidance of Welsh Para-Swimmers and goes on a journey of discovery and reflection on the transformative power that the current has had on her life and the lives of other para-swimmers.
Through archive of Sofia’s swimming competitions, showcasing her swims from childhood to the current day, actuality of her home in Bergamo to her life in the UK, and Master interviews with Sofia, her family, Italian and Welsh Para-swimmers, we learn the stories and experiences of Sofia and other Para-swimmers who found their power in the current.
This film will highlight a powerful story of overcoming struggle and finding passion, emphasising the need for sport and its impact on mental and physical health and well-being.
Alexia Barrett - PRODUCER/CO-DIRECTOR
Anna Fumagalli - CAMERA OPERATOR/ CO-DIRECTOR
Sofia Brizio - TALENT
Matt Clark - EDITOR
Duncan Birnie - CAMERA OPERATOR
Kaitlin Brock - ARCHIVE/EDIT ASSISTANT
With funding we hope to get a Sound Recordist on board. We also aim to hire some great kit and be able to do filming in Italy and get access to some sports archive.
FORMAT & STRUCTURE
THE FILM IS SPLIT INTO THREE MAIN PARTS
1) SOFIA'S STORY
Sofia started swimming at 2 years old, after being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Through archive material, we see Sofia's childhood, her Parents show us photo albums from their picturesque home in the village of Bergamo and explain her diagnosis and how the swimming started. Despite the support of her parents and the sport, Sofia explains in her interview that she faced discrimination for her disability, discrimination that led her to leave Italy... “I didn’t see a future for myself there”. We see Sofia in her new life in Wales, hanging with her friends and then at her new job as a Teaching Associate. In her spare time, Sofia goes to the pool to swim. Determined not to lose her swimming roots she starts training to go back to Italy to compete in her last season.
2) THE POWER OF SWIMMING
Through UGC, we see Sofia returning back to Italy and competing in her last season of Italian competitions. Sofia prepares for these competitions in Wales training with notes from her coach and meeting a Welsh Para Swimmer to help her Swimming.
We witness Sofia Compete in this season's competitions, the tension is high. Can she make the goals that she has set for herself or leave her last season with disappointment? Through interviews with Sofia, Family, Friends and coaches we learn about disability discrimination in Italy and the power and grit it takes to be an amateur and compete. With archive of articles and interview with a disability discrimination expert we unravel the dark implications of lack of access and infrastructure in European countries such as Italy and how that is affecting the success and future of their para-athletes.
3) SOFIA'S NEXT STEPS
With some final farewells to her Italian team we see Sofia return to Wales continuing her life and making a final decision on whether this will really be the end of her para-swimming career or if there is some fight left in her for another go.
INTERVIEWEES and ACCESS
We have full access to Sofia Brizio and her Family including her first coach, Gloria and her Italian Para-Swimming Team members and her friends in Cardiff.
Potentially we can interview a Welsh Para-swimmer who could help Sofia with training.
- 4K UNDERWATER FILMING with GoPros
- SLOWMO Shots on FX6/FS7/FS9 – actuality of Swimmers starting in the water. We aim to do some underwater filming and are looking into getting some specialist cameras and a trained professional for one day to do some lovely-looking HD underwater shots.
- Sit down, straight down the lens interviews (Prime Lenses)
- Archive (family shot footage and photos of Sofia, sports archive IPC and more of Sofia's competitions. Historical footage on the history of Para Swimming)
- Zooms/Recorded Video Calls with Sofia’s family and team back in Italy.
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