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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 23 Jan 2015 /
||Genre: Documentary, Family, Sport
||Director: Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn,
||Synopsis: In Football We Trust captures a snapshot in time amid the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL. Presenting a new take on the American immigrant story, this feature length ...
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Family means a lot to Polynesian cultures, but sometimes family can
feel like a blessing and a curse. Especially under these circumstances,
with so much at stake for adolescents still prone to mistakes in
judgment, who may make bad choices but have so much hope and
responsibility on their shoulders.
I've not been an American football watcher for well over a decade,
though I used to follow it closely. I listed away because it began to
feel so contrived, just about the money, about team names, not the
individuals. Or rather too much about the individual: the showboating,
the attitudes and self-entitlement. Although it's unlikely I'll ever go
back to actively watching, this film inspired me to again selectively
follow the careers of some players because it highlighted their drive,
desire, and love for the game, their determination to succeed not just
for themselves, but to support their communities. It also showed how
the pressure to succeed, both from schools, teams and their families,
can bring push them to breaking point.
The four players have great support from their Islander roots, mothers
strongly backing their sons, especially in that most of them have come
from very humble, even desperate conditions: gang violence, personal
losses. Families didn't have money to see their sons play, but traded
work for tickets, cleaning up whole stadiums each week. "We don't have
the money," one mother said, "but we have the heart."
The film touches on several subjects interrelated to life as a football
player of Pacific Islander descent such as interracial dating,
differences of religious beliefs and wanting to move beyond them.
Others are the challenges of finally getting money above just survival
level and how to navigate the colleges and leagues were exploitation
can be an issue. It was filmed over four years, progressively showing
how the four players improve, change, in possible good or bad ways, and
their motivations, desires, fears, angers, and what is most important
to them: Family.
In a straightforward way, "In Football We Trust" shows how complicated
life can be, especially as immigrants from a very different culture
coming to live in communities radically different than back home just
to play football. Stereotyping, culture clash, the pressure to win at
any cost, not just for themselves but for their families can be at
times overwhelming and occasionally rewarding. A solid documentary for
those interested in the culture and topic.
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