SHORTS: THIS SPORTING LIFE

SHORTS: THIS SPORTING LIFE

86 min

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.

BIG WALL

WORLD PREMIERE Big Wall presents four rock climbers and their experience with the sport. The film focuses on the meditative aspect of rock climbing, trust between climbers, and risk management.

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BLACK 14

Black 14 is an archival social study examining white pathology and cognitive dissonance via media coverage of a 1969 racial protest at the University of Wyoming.

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CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

By the end of the 2017-2018 season, more than 250 players in the National Football League will have sustained concussions.

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EL GALLO

El Gallo takes us on a visceral journey through the life of Juan "El Gallo" Estrada, the former Flyweight champion of the world and one of Mexico's most famous boxers. While training for a shot at another title, "El Gallo" takes us back to his childhood filled with loss and tragedy, overcoming tremendous odds to make it to the top of the international boxing world.

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JUNCTION

NYC PREMIERE On the Navajo Nation, basketball is as much a part of life as the surrounding natural beauty and ancient traditions. Between dirt courts and a seven-thousand seat high school stadium, much of life in Chinle revolves around basketball. This is especially true for Nahatabaa Nacona, whose talent could prove to be her only path to college. This film follows Nahatabaa through her senior year, at the junction between life on and off the reservation.

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THIS IS YARRA

WORLD PREMIERE For nearly 15 years, basketball has played a central role in bringing together the South Sudanese community in Australia. This is Yarra follows the story of Riyadh Aden and Deng Dut from the Yarra Wild Beasts as they prepare for the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association Tournament, with the hope of taking home their first trophy for the junior team. In Australia's current sociopolitical climate of fear-mongering and sensationalism, where media headlines decrying "African Gangs" have become commonplace, the short documentary This is Yarra offers an alternative narrative of empowerment from the ground up.

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