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Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

Synopsis
A powerful new documentary based on the book by Dave Zirin, The People’s History of Sports, in which he argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the centre of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. Zirin first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The result is an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Social Studies; Politics & government; Sports science
Keywords
social history; United States of America; political issues; sporting events

Credits

Writer
Dave Zirin
Contributor
Dave Zirin

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$250.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2010

Distributor

Name

Media Education Foundation

Email
info@mediaed.org
Web
http://www.mediaed.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 413 584 8500
Fax
+1 413 586 8398
Address
60 Masonic Street
Northampton
Massachusetts 01060
USA
Notes
The MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of the mass media, particularly in the US, with emphasis on gender, health, politics, race and commercialism. Sale on DVD.

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