Crooked Lines (2013)
20min · Documentary, Short, Adventure · 7 April 2013
Ailson Eraclito Da Silva is the best rower in Brazilian history, the Michael Phelps of his sport. Growing up in a leper colony on the banks of the Amazon river, he's constantly discriminated against. But his dream to win Gold for Brazil at the Olympics is within his grasp. He's got the talent. But there's a twist, and this gets more interesting than any Olympics featurette. Because Ailson has an achilles heel -- he's heavy for the lightweight category he competes in. Usually, he makes his weight by not drinking ahead of regattas. This time, his plan fails: he's disqualified from the Olympic trials. Everyone plays the blame game, until Ailson goes home and faces up to the real reason he can't control his weight.
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