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Keep the Flame Alive

Apr 4, 2024

Documenting different stories of the Games is vital to providing an accurate picture of Olympic history. On this episode, we talk with documentary filmmaker Gabriel Veras, director of the new documentary Athletes of War. The movie looks at the ongoing war in Ukraine from the lens of athletes who are trying to do sport and train for the Paris 2024 Olympics amidst bombed out facilities and the threat of death. We talk with Gabe about how he conceived this idea, made the documentary, and the athletes involved.

Athletes of War screens at CIFF on Wednesday, April 10. Streaming will also be available for US and US Territory residents through CIFF Streams from April 14-April 21, 2024. Order your stream here!

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We're less than 113 days from the start of Paris 2024, so there's plenty of news from the City of Lights. The surfingnovela seems to be at an end....but the Seinenovela is heating up. 

If you're going to Paris, you may want to drop by the Mémorial de la Shoah to see the exhibit Les Jeux Olympiques: Miroir des Sociétés, which looks at history of Games as it reflects trends in societies and is used by country leaders use the Games for for political reasons, in particular Berlin 1936. It runs through November 10, 2024.

The International Handball Federation will also have a beach handball showcase from July 27-29, 2024 at the Maison du Handball in Créteil.

If you're staying home, you can go to a watch party from your couch. Peacock will have virtual watch parties with Alex Cooper, host of Call Her Daddy.

In news from TKFLASTAN, we have updates from:

It's also time to select the Games which will be the focus of our 2025 history moment shows. Go to our Facebook Group to vote for your favorite!

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Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!


Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.


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