Light in the Water
Lis Bartlett’s uplifting documentary, Light in the Water, tells the story of one of the first openly gay masters swim clubs, the West Hollywood Aquatic Club, or WH2O.
The founding members of WH2O fought against a prevailing climate of homophobia in sport and showed the world that being gay and an accomplished athlete are not mutually exclusive. WH2O went on to become a symbol of strength and courage for the gay community following its triumph at the first Gay Games in 1982.
Using archival footage and intimate interviews with club members, the film lovingly recounts the story of a tight-knit group of LGBTQ men and women overcoming adversity to form a family through their passion for competitive swimming. Light in the Water is an inspiring tribute to WH2O, a trailblazer in the international gay sports movement which, to this day, continues to provide shelter and strength for queer athletes.
"Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victory." - The Guardian