Over_the_limit

May 2

2019

Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr, PA

with

Joel Fish

Director, Center for Sport Psychology

and

Polina Kozitskiy

Coach, Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy

Over the Limit— The psychology of elite athleticism

Polina Kozitskiy, coach at the Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, opens the program with a rhythmic gymnastics demonstration. After the screening, she’s joined by sports psychologist Dr. Joel Fish for a talk and Q&A.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr, PA

Film Synopsis

Russian rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun struggles to withstand her grueling regimen and the harsh verbal treatment of her coaches as she prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“You're not a human being, you're an athlete.” Russian rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun strains against exhaustion, family tragedy, and the lacerating critique of her coaches as she prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Exquisitely filmed, this gripping documentary explores the extremes of elite athleticism, contrasting Mamun's astonishing grace with the physical and psychological intensity of her training regimen.