Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen the 2013 documentary “My Way to Olympia” Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in collaboration with “POV,” PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately — or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary — this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are "a stupid idea." Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London's Paralympics competition in “My Way to Olympia.” As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get delightfully punctured.

“You can’t become a Paralympic athlete without totally embracing the ideals of togetherness and shared participation,” he said. “Even I, who will certainly never win Paralympic gold, found myself caught up in that spirit, and unable to resist taking part.”

“My Way to Olympia” is an if… Productions film in co-production with Palladio Film GmbH, Senator Film Produktion GmbH, WDR, SWR and NDR. This year's Thursday Film Series is hosted by Friends of the Rockland Library. In addition to watching great films, viewers will be able to enter a drawing for books related to the movie's topic or theme donated by the Friend's Book Stop. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or