"Channel Diaries" is Kowalczuk´s first documentary feature as a director and screenwriter, and its world premiere was in September 2016 during the Festival du Film sur Le Handicap in Cannes.
CHANNEL DIARIES | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 75 min | 2016 | BRAZIL - UNITED KINGDOM
September 2011. Swimmer Marcelo Collet awaits Coast Guard permission to perform the biggest challenge of his life so far. After two years of preparation, he will try the crossing of the English Channel, known as the "Everest" of open water swimming. Due to the weather, his chances of getting into the water and facing the twelve hours separating England and France are dwindling. During the days of waiting, we know better the story of Paralympic athlete Marcelo Collet. At age 17 he was hit by a car during a cycling practice shortly after his first call to be part of the Brazilian triathlon squad. With the considerable loss of movement of his left leg, Collet devoted himself to swimming and competed in the Paralympics of Athens and Beijing. Currently, at the age of 38, he is seeking a place in Tokyo Paralympics 2020 where he plans to compete again as a triathlete.
Director, Camera & Editor: Felipe Kowalczuk