Sports Studies

Sports Studies

LIFT LIKE A GIRL
LIFT LIKE A GIRL
With the guidance of her relentless coach, a teen weightlifter emerges from a scrappy training camp in Egypt to compete at the championship level. Filmmaker Mayye Zayed intimately follows Zebiba and her coach in their challenging quest to win the next world championship over the course of four years while the stakes keep getting higher and their bonds deepen. Proving there is nothing that women can't do, the film observes the traditional gender dynamics that come into play with the male-dominated sport of weightlifting. 
FLOAT
FLOAT
Beautifully photographed, Float follows the tumultuous journey of two American competitors as they prepare for and compete in the most elite model airplane contest in the world, the F1D World Championships, located 400 feet underground in the cathedral-like salt mines of Romania. The documentary brilliantly details the precise process and science by which these complicated machines—at once elegant and fragile—are constructed and flown.
KOKA, THE BUTCHER
KOKA, THE BUTCHER
The legendary pigeon races of Cairo are captured on film for the first time in Koka, The Butcher, an award-winning short documentary which introduces viewers to a wondrous and peculiar world where pigeons are trained to compete in sky battles among rival neighborhoods for prizes, cash and bragging rights.
INFINITE FOOTBALL
INFINITE FOOTBALL
In his masterful new documentary, Corneliu Porumboiu, a leading figure in the Romanian New Wave, introduces us to a former soccer star and current local bureaucrat whose dream of radically revolutionizing his beloved sport masks an attempt to understand far greater issues: functioning societies, social systems, fate, freedom, individual responsibility and utopianism.   
IN THE GAME
IN THE GAME
The struggles of a girls soccer team in a mostly hispanic, inner city neighborhood reveals the obstacles that low-income students face in their quest for higher education.