SHORTS: THIS SPORTING LIFE
Athletes, on and off the field. El Gallo (Mexico/USA, 14 min., Michael Medoway), one of Mexico’s most famous boxers, must overcome tremendous odds to regain lost glory. Climbing the Big Wall (Canada, 9 min., Jennifer Law-Smith) can be a meditative exercise of trust between climbers. Concussion Protocol (USA, 5 min. Josh Begley) tracks injuries sustained by more than 250 NFL players in the 2017-2018 season. This is Yarra (Australia, 15 min., Lydia Rui) follows three boys of the Yarra Wild Beasts as they prepare for the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association Tournament. Black 14 (USA, 15 min., Darius Clark Monroe) offers an archival social study examining media coverage of a 1969 racial protest at the University of Wyoming. In Junction (USA, 24 min., Brendan Young), basketball could prove to be a young Navajo woman’s only path to college.