The film is in competition at the festival, and is nominated for several awards: Maria Finitzo for Best Documentary Director, Peter Gilbert for Cinematography, Katerina Simic for editing, and Gordon Quinn for producing. Awards will be announced during the festival. We'll also update with exact screening times and more details when the festival announces them.
In The Game is a new Kartemquin documentary film directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, 5 Girls). A film about life and what it means to stay in the game - to never give up even when that feels like the only option - In The Game is the story of strong young women and a dedicated coach who uses the game of soccer to teach his players how to face all that life will throw their way. Through the stories of Hispanic girls at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side, In The Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life. An uneven playing field or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School - no soccer field at all, little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination, poverty - these are some of the challenges faced by the girls we follow.
We are working on the film's audience engagement plan in the upcoming months, bringing on several national partners. Stay tuned for news of an upcoming US premiere and more festivals.
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