DEI Movie: Keepers of the Game

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Now open to the U-M community: Join us for the documentary, "Keepers of the Game," about a Native American women's lacrosse team fighting for cultural acceptance -- and the championship. It's Thursday, April 6, 3:00-5:00pm in Bickner Auditorium. The 83-minute movie will be preceded by brief remarks from Kinesiology's associate dean for graduate affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) liaison, Dr. Ketra Armstrong. There will be a Q&A after the film.

From the Tribeca Film Festival website:

Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, NY, an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women’s team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High.

As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people’s tradition in a changing world.

  • 2016 official selection, Tribeca Film Festival
  • "Exhilarating." New York Times
  • "Captivating." Los Angeles Times

Movie snacks provided! Run time: 83 minutes


Part of the Kinesiology Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) movie series.