The short documentary Victoria’s Foil, created by 2020 Columbia University Reporting Fellows Brett Forrest and Brian Ryu, premiered on the PBS-affiliate station Connecticut Public Television May 2, 2021.
Victoria’s Foil follows 22-year-old Victoria Isaacson, a Paralympic fencer, as she trains day in and day out to achieve her dreams while working a full-time job at a horse ranch to sustain the increasing burden of debt that comes with Olympic aspirations. All of this comes to a crashing halt when the COVID-19 pandemic causes the cancellation of her final wheelchair fencing qualifiers.
The film will be shown again on Saturday, May 8, at 11am EDT and Monday, May 10, at 10pm EDT. More information about future showings on Connecticut Public Television can be found here.