October 18 – 19

For Jaquan, Jamario, Teague, and Jailen, the hills of Alabama are a training ground for the state wrestling championship that could propel them to a life-changing scholarship. Chris Scribner, their coach at J.O. Johnson High School, is passionate and dedicated, but his limitations when it comes to relating to his young wrestlers are obvious. When Jailen has a run-in with the police, his frustration has roots that Scribner fails to fully recognize. Directors Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert confront these students’ lives with unflinching dedication, forcing us to consider the meaning of a system that requires impoverished kids to carry adult-sized responsibilities. -KM

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