Southern Circuit Tour: Wrestle
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Global Education Center is excited to be a Screening Partner of the 2019-2020 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a film series that brings the best of new independent film to communities across the South. The Circuit takes the audience away from their televisions, computers, tablets and phones to connect them with independent filmmakers – live! Southern Circuit transforms watching film from a solitary experience into a communal one.
Global Education Center has chosen a diverse array of films that will provide audiences with the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about the art of film making; and encourage community engagement using film as a conduit for discussions about social and community issues.
Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing schools. The students face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Tough-love coach Chris Scribner must come to terms with his own past conflicts while unwittingly wading into the complexities of race, class and privilege in the South. Director Suzannah Herbert and Co-Director Lauren Belfer have created a closely observed, deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.
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