In the Game Screens for National Girls and Women in Sport Day

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport has chosen In the Game, a documentary by Peabody award-winner and Kartemquin Films Associate Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and 5 Girls), as the featured film for the 6th Annual Tucker Center Film Festival.

The 2016 TCFF will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the TCF Bank Stadium DQ Indoor Club Room. The film screens at 7pm and is free of charge. The Tucker Center Film Festival is one of more than 1,000 events taking place over the country in honor of National Girls and Women in Sport Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the progress of girls and women in sports and the ways in which sports and fitness activities can benefit the lives of all girls and women.

In the Game follows the ups and downs of a girls’ soccer team at Kelly High School, an inner city public school in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The film reveals the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. The girls face an uneven playing field—or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School, no soccer field at all—little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination and poverty, but remain undaunted thanks to their teammates and the dedicated mentoring of their coach.

Ahead of the film's screenings this week, read a New Jersey Stage interview with director Maria Finitzo by Al Nigrin, who states "this is not just a film about a soccer team dealing with loss and economic hardship. It’s an exhilarating portrait of girls who are learning to win in life."

Upcoming screenings of In the Game include: February 5th at the New Jersey Film Festival, February 19th and February 28th at the Beloit International Film Festival, April 13th at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, and as a part of One Book, One Chicago at the following locations: