Victorious, dir. Robert Mac, 103 minutes, Documentary, USA
Victorious is the manifestation of America’s cultural revolution on a football field. Visionary, award-winning filmmaker Robert Mac depicts the powerful, raw, and often surprising world of the D.C. Divas, one of America’s toughest full-contact, tackle football teams who just happen to be female.
Robert follows this eclectic group of women over two seasons as they fight: fight to balance their lives as mothers, daughters, wives, partners, and employees; fight to raise funds for training and equipment fees, fight through injuries, and, ultimately fight for the National Championship title, twice.
The team is a model of diversity. The sport attracts a spectrum of players across races, religions, sexual identities, and socio-economic status. There are Division I athletes and weekend warriors. It is the interplay of these personalities that make for the unbreakable bond of the Diva family.
The viewer will quickly glimpse this is a film about courage: victory over self, victory over an opponent, and victory over society. These are not women who are almost as good as men; these are high-calibre athletes with grit, determination, and strength rivalling the best the NFL has to offer.
More women are playing full-contact tackle football in America than basketball. The NBA created equal opportunity when they set up the WNBA. Why did the NFL not do the same for their female counterparts?