A Quick Film Review
Abanderados (in Spanish) gives a brief look at seven Spanish athletes as they work toward Tokyo 2020, including gymnast Nestor Abad, beach volleyball player Liliana Fernandez, decathlete Jorge Urena, taekwondo star Raul Martinez, swimmer Lidon Munoz, judoka Ana Perez, and para triathlete Hector Catala.
Starting before the pandemic, the production by FER (Foment Esportistes amb Reptes) is a means to introduce Spanish names to watch. But as the global impact of Covid-19 takes hold in spring 2020 and "normal" training life shuts down, the filmmakers adjust to showcasing the efforts that these athletes take to keep training and motivated.
Watching make shift gyms and equipment appear in garages and living rooms gives a reminder of the disruption to Olympic schedules and the sudden frustration - yet focus - athletes across the globe feel as they strive to still reach the Tokyo Games.
It's a short documentary, at just under an hour, but it's that focus of the athletes that is inspiring to follow. To date, some athletes still need qualification confirmation - namely Urena and Perez - but Abanderados leaves you rooting for them in Tokyo all after 2020's shift in direction.
You can watch Abanderados (in Spanish) on Radio y Television Espanola (rtve.es).