When a group of Pacific Islander women decide to start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, California, all they have in mind is getting in shape. But this group of women – who range from teenagers struggling with school, to church-going college students, to mothers of six – find the field an unexpected sanctuary. Fijians, Tongans, and Samoans discover common ground learning the sport they grew up watching their brothers, uncles and cousins play. In a space where hitting hard and caring for each other are synonymous, they learn new ways to express themselves, support one another, and challenge the stigma attached to their community.

Screenings

LUNAFEST

DC Shorts Film Festival

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Vancouver Women in Film Festival

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Athena Film Festival, New York

Hawaii International Film Festival

Roxbury International Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

San Francisco Women’s International Film Festival

“Culture Stream” Exhibition (curated by THE OFFICE performing arts + film), World Financial Center, NY, March 1st-31st

Credits

A Film By
Laura Green

Featuring
The East Palo Alto
Lady Razorbacks

Voices
Tina Latu Alvez
Moonia Longi
Lita Tangitau
Haunani Tupou

Production Assistance
Sara Mott

Original Score
Chris Lopez