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Portrait Documentary about the Female Disabled Athlete

Student: Marina Solovar

Supervisor: Tatiana Tikhomirova

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Journalism (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The key problem issue of this graduation paper is dedicated to specific features of career prospects for disabled athletes in Russia. In our work we concentrated on thorough research of certain actual factors, both positive and negative which influence professional careers of such athletes. These include financial issues, inaccessibility of professional sports equipment, transportation details and factors like medical and psychological assistance. The work features current information about the life of a master of sports in boccia (paralympic sport which is done by athletes suffering from cerebral palsy) living in Russia. This research is implied to be a documentary film. Firstly, such an approach allows us to cover the topic by pointing out some unobvious issues. Secondly, we use the interview method to determine main barriers which the disabled athletes have to overcome. Moreover, an interview is a proper way to get a full understanding of our heroine's personality. And finally, the chosen method enables us to find out things which could change the lives of disabled athletes for better. Thus, the project proposal also implies that in the future it can be possible to trigger further discussion in the expert community and, as a result, in governmental institutions in order to change the situation for the better.

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