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Changing the Game

A compelling account of the hard-won victories by trans teenage athletes competing across America.

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Dir Michael Barnett
Prod Clare Tucker, Alex Schmider
USA
2019
95min
Sales The Film Collaborative

This action-packed documentary reveals the lives of three major contenders in high-school wrestling, skiing and track sports. These young athletes have been making headlines for their activism, victories in competition and the battles they face being publicly out. Displaying extraordinary feats of courage and motivation, their fiercely protective family networks (including an amazing police nan who raised the wrestler Mack Beggs) truly demonstrates the positive power of acceptance and support. A lot depends on individual state law. In progressive Connecticut, track star Andraya is allowed to compete on the women’s team, but in Texas Mack is forced to wrestle on the team according to his gender assigned at birth. Changing policies and calmly standing up to haters, these teenage pioneers deserve multiple gold medals.

Zorian Clayton

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