8th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
In Football We Trust
dirs. Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn, USA, 87 min
This film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers. With unprecedented access to its subjects and shot over a four- year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football. Viewed as the “salvation” for their families, these young players reveal the culture clash they experience as they transition out of adolescence and into the high stakes world of collegiate recruiting and onto the path towards NFL stardom.
In Football We Trust is an insightful and moving documentary feature film that explores the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL in rich detail.