WRESTLE is an intimate and nuanced documentary that follows the wrestling team at JO Johnson High School in Huntsville, which has been on Alabama's failing schools list for many years.
As they fight their way towards the State Championship and the doors they hope it will open, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face injustices and challenges on and off the mat. Together they grapple with obstacles that jeopardize their success, and their coach - coming to terms with his own past conflicts - pushes them forward while unwittingly wading into the complexities of class and race in the South.
Through it all, the young heroes of WRESTLE - with humor and grit - strive towards their goals, making WRESTLE an inspiring coming of age journey and an impassioned depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.
FIREFLY THEATER & FILMS and EXHIBIT A present "WRESTLE" //
JAILEN YOUNG JAMARIO ROWE JAQUAN RHODES TEAGUE BERRES and CHRIS SCRIBNER //
Music by DAVID WINGO and GRAHAM LEBRON // Associate Editor BLAIR MCCLENDON // Edited by PABLO PROENZA //
Director of Photography SINISA KUKIC // Consulting Producer SAM POLLARD //
Executive Producers MICHELINE LEVINE STEVEN STREIT WALKER DEIBEL CHAD TROUTWINE //
Produced by LAUREN BELFER STEVEN KLEIN SETH GORDON MARY ROHLICH SUZANNAH HERBERT
// Written by LAUREN BELFER SUZANNAH HERBERT PABLO PROENZA //
Co-Directed by LAUREN BELFER //
Directed By SUZANNAH HERBERT
"In its sobering conclusions, Wrestle has us question how much we undervalue poor children’s lives, circumstances and education in this country... Belfer, Herbert & co. were able to hone in on their slices of life without painting too broad a brush or making too simple a point for a complex and nuanced situation. It’s a feat that few filmmakers can achieve with honesty... It’s clear that Belfer, Herbert and their team are among those who can with true efficacy and artistry."
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