WCTE Indie Lens Pop-Up Screens In Football We Trust January 6

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Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS, is excited to offer an advance screening of In Football We Trust, a film by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn.  This FREE documentary screening event will take place at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center (CPAC) on Wednesday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m.

In Football We Trust transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. Shot over a four-year period with intimate access, the film follows four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and poverty through the promise of American football. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Polynesians are 28 times more likely than any other ethnic group to make it in the NFL, a surprising statistic that the film opens with. Some refer to this phenomenon as a “calling” or a gift from God; others credit genetics, socio-cultural influences or stereotyping, or the push and pull of global sports capitalism. Many Polynesian families view football as their ticket out of economic hardship and gang life, but In Football We Trust reveals those expectations to often be unrealistic and to place insurmountable pressure on these young players. In addition to the stories of the four young athletes, the film includes footage and interviews with current and former NFL players Troy Polamalu, Haloti Ngata, Star Lotulelei, and Vai Sikahema. In Football We Trustpremieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 1 at 10:30 p.m. on WCTE.

WCTE’s Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings are always FREE and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served before the film at 5:30 p.m., and the film will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  For more information and to view the film trailer, visit wcte.org/indielens.  CPAC is located at 10 E. Broad St. in Cookeville.

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