On Monday 24th November, I attended an exclusive screening of a new documentary film titled Imparables (Unstoppables to you and I). Although the premiere lacked the glitz and glam of a huge blockbuster movie, I still felt quite important and special for being invited along. The film itself was evidently produced on a low budget but that didn’t mean it was rubbish. In actual fact, it made the characters come to life and felt as if I was there watching the events unfold first hand. My only criticism would be the subtitles. I would have preferred a translator off screen as all of the interviews were in Spanish and reading whilst watching is sometimes quite difficult.
The story is (without sounding cliché) an inspirational one about a group of cyclists from Cataluña known as Team Pirates. What makes them so unique is that handicapped people ride alongside able-bodied people. Also, the team is made up of cyclists with various aims for what they intend to get out of the sport. Some just participate for fun or to maintain fitness whereas others are ambitious and have a desire to compete at the highest level. One boy, who has Cerebral Palsy and Autism, merely wants to learn to ride a bike.
From training at the Barcelona Velodrome to competing in the London 2012 Paralympics, the focus is on the two experienced athletes on the team (Juanjo Méndez and Raquel Acinas) who are hugely dedicated to cycling and will do everything they can to win. You can find out more about them or the other people in the film by going to the site. Unfortunately, the general public will have to wait until February to see the documentary but it’s worth the wait, not least because of the dramatic situations the athletes find themselves in, the important life lessons that are shared, an overall development of relationships and unforgettable characters: everything you could ask for.