The Aquadettes are a team of synchronized swimmers who live in the California retirement community Leisure World, and this video is a poignant portrait of 76-year-old Aquadette Margo Bauer, who pursues her passion for the swim even in the face of advancing multiple sclerosis.
Bauer uses medical marijuana to manage her symptoms so she can keep swimming. She walks with difficulty – but watch her with her team of glamorously capped senior ladies; the joy she experiences as she finds grace and freedom in the water is infectious. (The soundtrack helps; we’ve never heard the Beach Boys’ “California Girls” sound so soulful!)
Picked for the short film program at Sundance, “Aquadettes” was shot by two young filmmakers, Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, as part of their “California Is a Place” series.
Thanks to EngagedAging.org for pointing to this video.