Jump to content

Changing the Game


Andrew
 Share

Recommended Posts

I can see why this film has been an award-winner at festivals over the past 1-2 years; it really is engaging and well-crafted storytelling.  By following three trans high school athletes, it avoids preachiness in favor of letting the protagonists' lives and lived values predominate.  As a humanist who believes part of my mandate is to encourage equality and advocate for society's disadvantaged, I applaud the film's approach to these themes.  Folks of a more conservative bent and those identifying a Christian may appreciate the parental figures who see their compassion towards the trans kids in their lives as an outcropping of their faith and politics.  I'll be writing a full review this weekend, but I know Hulu is offering screeners to critics and wanted to encourage folks to check it out.

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I did like that it avoids preaching. Clearly, there are some athletic fairness issues involved, but the film doesn't push for a solution to that. I really liked come of the comments in the Connecticut story about the place of sports in an academic setting.

 

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Darrel Manson said:

I did like that it avoids preaching. Clearly, there are some athletic fairness issues involved, but the film doesn't push for a solution to that. I really liked come of the comments in the Connecticut story about the place of sports in an academic setting.

I think the Connecticut coach - in a plainspoken but sophisticated way - elevates the discussion of fairness from a question of individual winning or losing to a matter of societal fairness and equal opportunity for all, whether cis or trans.  His reasoning corresponds to a higher level of Kohlbergian moral development.  As the scenes at the TX wrestling match and the CT track and field stands show, many fans are too immature to grasp this.  I think the coach's argument also collides head-on with the pathological degree to which middle-aged (and older) Americans depend on high school and college athletics for their own misplaced vicarious satisfaction. 

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...