CSFF 2017: ‘Keepers of the Game’ Review

For years lacrosse has been the main sport for the men of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. But that changes when the local High School forms an all girls lacrosse team. They must face an uphill battle to be respected by their classmates but also their community. When they reach the Championship, it’s much more than a trophy on the line.

One of the problems I had with Keepers of the Game is that it didn’t spend enough time clarifying its point of view. The film has a lot of similarities to The Eagle Huntress from last year. But Keepers of the Game doesn’t really offer anything new to the game, filmmaking wise. Is this down to the directing by Judd Ehrlich? It’s hard to say but one can’t underestimate the importance of Keepers of the Game. It’s moving at times and takes a deep look at the lives of these glass ceiling breakers. It’s moving, heartfelt and sometimes that is what you look for in a movie.

Rating: 7/10

Screening with Kuklos and The Crossing on June 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm. More info.

Canadian Sport Film Festival

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