Tribeca Film asks, “Are You Ready for Some…Cricket? …Baseball? …Football?”
Fire in Babylon (2011) "celebrates the emancipation of a people through the sport of cricket.” Filmmaker Stevan Riley interviewed former teammates from the West Indies cricket team who dominated the sport throughout the late 1970s and 80s. In an era in which race riots rocked England, apartheid divided South Africa, and the Caribbean was aflame with civil unrest, West Indian cricketers wrested the ball and bat from the genteel, privileged elite and “replayed it on their own terms with the declaration that people of color will not be dictated to, on a cricket ground or in any other field of life.” Fire in Babylon includes commentary on “adrenaline-packed” matches and a dynamic reggae soundtrack featuring Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, and Burning Spear, among others. It is an involving, exciting look at sports and social history.
A determined coach (Vernon Isabella) and his scrappy team of little league All-Stars take on the world in Boys of Summer (2010), the Keith Aumont documentary that followed the team from Curaçao, the tiny Caribbean island to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. For seven consecutive years the team was victorious over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, two baseball “powerhouses.” In a season full of challenges, can the boys win the title?
Is it real or is it scripted? That’s the question viewers of Turkey Bowl (2011) will ask when they watch this tale of ten friends involved in a touch football game (in real time). Director Kyle Smith’s film looks at post-college life as the friends get together for their annual game (the prize is a frozen turkey). The game’s the thing, but there’s enough interpersonal action to keep non-sports-fans interested.