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Not Just a Game - Power, Politics & American Sports

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Not Just a Game - Power, Politics & American Sports


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We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix, that games are just games and athletes should just "shut up and play." But according to Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin, this notion is just flat-out wrong. In Not Just a Game, the powerful new documentary based on his bestselling book The People's History of Sports in the United States, Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time.
In a fascinating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture, Zirin first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.

Sections:
Introduction | In the Arena | Like a Girl | Breaking the Color Barrier | The Courage of Athletes

Filmmaker Info
Directed by Jeremy Earp
Written by Dave Zirin, Jeremy Earp & Chris Boulton
Produced by Chris Boulton, Jeremy Earp, Scott Morris & Jason Young
Editor: Jason Young Story Editor: Scott Morris
Executive Producer: Sut Jhally
Media Research: Scott Morris & Jason Young
Director of Photography: Tom Robertson
Additional Camera: Chris Boulton Associate
Producers: Loretta Alper, Andrew Killoy & Diane Williams
Sound: Stuart "Bud" Benson
Sound Mix: Rikk Desgres
Motion Graphics: Andrew Killoy & Jason Young

"If there were an award for 'Most Valuable Sportswriter,' I would vote for Dave Zirin." - Howard Zinn | Author of A People's History of the United States

"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job." - Naomi Klein | The Nation and The Guardian reporter | Author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

"Be sure to watch this thrillingly provocative film before you see your next game if you finally want to know what sports is all about. Not Just a Game is a powerful teaching tool." - Robert Lipsyte | Former New York Times sports writer | Author of An Accidental Sportswriter

"Dave Zirin's film is both brilliant and, even better than that, honest. The sports world is a far more interesting place when viewed through the lens of Not Just a Game." - Tom Farrey | ESPN reporter | Author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children

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