Maria Finitzo’s look at the struggles faced by a low-income students debuted at Madrid last year. Screenings also included Ashland, Documentary Edge, SXSWedu, Minneapolis-St Paul, Hollywood, St Louis, Oaxaca Sports, and the Chicago and Seattle Latino fests.
Set in a primarily Latino inner-city Chicago public high school, Finitzo’s film is ostensibly focused on Kelly High’s girls’ soccer team, who don’t even have a field to practice in and often have to use the hallways because the gym is otherwise engaged. However, this isn’t really a film about sports, or if they win a season, or even a given game. Finitzo instead focuses on the players, and their inspirational father figure of a coach, to comment on the inequities these young women face, not only in school, but in the outside world, because of gender, race, and class, and the resilience they’ve developed to keep going.