Canadian Sport Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Keepers Of The Game’

Canadian Sport Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Keepers Of The Game’

It’s about more then what happens on the field…

Keepers Of The Game is a rote but emotionally satisfying tale about the evolution of the sport of Lacrosse inside the Native populations and how young all-Native girls Lacrosse team broke with tradition in a sport that has historically been for men.

Lacrosse has historically been the sport of men amongst the Native populations for generations.  But when an aboriginal girls’ lacrosse team is formed at nearby Salmon River High School in Fort Covington, New York, traditions get challenged and team faces ambivalence in their own community that wants to preserve its traditional ways, the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. For these young women it’s about more than just a championship as they struggle to give the next generation of Mohawk woman a place in a game they need to survive while also honouring their people’s tradition in an ever changing world.

While it unfolds in a fairly rote fashion, the tale of these young women and their fight to not only adopt something that is part of their community but also to use in a way that empowers them is a story that deserves to be told.  Director Judd Erlich hits all the right notes as he is full embedded with these girls and this team for a make or break season.  While giving the team the right amount of play as subjects he also gets to dive pretty deep into the cultural issues that surround the game in the Native communities and the delicate balance of their culture and beliefs with the outside world.

Ultimately; Keepers Of The Game is a great primer into not only Lacrosse as a game, but why it is so important in the native cultures.

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