'I was a gymnast. And then, I wasn't': Saying goodbye to your dream at 16
Which is why people often struggle when the time comes to retire. They don't know who they are any more.
And we're not just talking about people who stop working after a lifetime in a career — the girl at the heart of this documentary is 17. (We are not using her name because she's young and she asked us not to.)
This documentary aired as part of the February 28 broadcast.
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She retired from a promising rhythmic gymnastics career — she was competing at a national level and was Olympics-bound — about a year ago because of an injury.
And retirement? She still hasn't accepted it.
From documentary producer Jess Shane, this is Dear Dream. Edited by Alison Cook, with music by Chris Zabriskie.
By Jess Shane
As documentarians, we know we can't control what we'll discover when we're in the field. Sometimes the story we find diverges from the story we anticipated. And since making a doc is a negotiation between recording life accurately and rendering it artfully, it's dangerously easy to put up blinders to the reality of what's occurring in front of the microphone. Continue reading →