Resources: Ping Pong

2012 Hugh Hartford

Eight players with 703 years between them, compete in the World over 80's Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia, guiding us through the extraordinary world of Veteran sports.

With intimate and candid portraits of life back home Ping Pong explores the hope, regret and immediacy of growing old.

official selection Sheffield DocFest 2012

Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.

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Poster for Ping Pong
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