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Movie Review: Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

Co-directed by Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter, the film, “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation,” focuses on Iroquois lacrosse players who believe the game is more than just a game. These athletes believe lacrosse is part of a spiritual process, since its roots lay in Iroquois culture, unlike many sports. It also follows well-known people, such as Oren Lyons, the Thompson Brothers, Jim Brown, Bill Belichick and Al Gore, and their relationship with lacrosse.

I will admit, before this documentary, my knowledge of lacrosse was limited to what I’ve seen in episodes of “Teen Wolf,” but this film did a good job of captivating me from start to finish. Quick intercuts from interviews and gameplay do a good job of keeping the audience (even a previously uninformed audience) interested throughout the duration of the movie.

Even if you’re a lacrosse neophyte, “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” is a movie I would suggest. You can catch it in theaters on May 26th and on VOD and iTunes on June 20th!


Written by Christian Streaty

professional crier, twilight zone resident, recent graduate, and writer

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