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Feature-length documentary about the greatest diver of all time. Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis has faced more than his share of challenges. In 2011, he is far from the public eye and struggling to pay his mortgage. Now, the openly gay, HIV+ world-class athlete returns to diving to mentor the USA Olympic hopefuls. This may be his best chance to regain the notoriety — and financial stability — he enjoyed at the height of his career.
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Three candidates for knighthood must face a reckoning with the darkest issues from their past in order to be accepted into a real-life Jedi community. More than fandom, more than religion; for each Jedi initiate, it’s a personal crusade for the betterment of their world.
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