The film follows the ups and downs of a girls' soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. Set in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, Kelly High School on Chicago's south side is an inner city public school struggling to provide the basics for their students, many of whom do not make it to college, either because they cannot compete academically or because their families do not have the financial resources to send them to college.
Described as "an intimate study in sisterhood and hope in the face of adversity" by Barbara Scharres at the Gene Siskel Film Center, the film has continued to create impact in the lives of its subjects. At the Chicago Latino Film Festival in April of 2016, Finitzo and the three subjects featured in the film--Elizabeth, Maria and Alicia--announced that all three young women had returned to college after receiving scholarships from The Reva and David Logan Foundation.
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