CHRIS IVERSEN

KEEPERS OF THE GAME | 2016 EMMY NOMINATED | FULL FILM

Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, NY an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women's team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people's tradition in a changing world.

Keepers of the Game was nominated for an Emmy in 2016. It was a New York Times Critic Pick, and a Bronze Canne Lion winner. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.