Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation is the best documentary ever done on a Native sport and stands alone in placing a game within the broader context of the fight for Native rights. The producers pull the strands of the story together, weaving family, community, spirituality, sports and politics in a manner never done before by anyone in any media. The film sets a high standard for addressing the most compelling issues and concerns of the Iroquois while capturing the spirit of the game.

Artist (s) Bio

Peter Spirer

Peter Spirer is an Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film director. Many of his films are documentaries. Spirer is the founder of the film and media production company Rugged Entertainment.

Peter Baxter

President and co-founder of Slamdance and a filmmaker.


The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time ever, the Championship Games were held on an Indian Reservation, in Onondaga in upstate New York, the Capitol of the Iroquois Confederacy. Spirit Game Pride of a Nation is More than a Game.

The Iroquois Confederacy, known more traditionally as the Haudenosaunee, was given the game of Lacrosse as a gift from the Creator. It is central to their heritage. Lacrosse was believed to be a “Medicine Game” that was played for healing and strengthening the mind, body and spirit of the players.

IN PERSON Following screening: Q & A with Chief Oren Lyons & Gayle Anne Kelly … more TBA.

YEAR 2017

SECTION U.S. Doc Feature


RUN TIME 102 min


Featuring: Oren Lyons,  Bill Belichick,  Al Gore,  Jim Brown

Production: One Bowl Productions
Distributor: XLrator Media
Directors: Peter Spirer, Peter Baxter
Producers: Christopher Brewster, Peter Spirier
Executive producers: Phil Hunt, Gayle Anne Kelley, Oren Lyons, Compton Ross, Peter Spirer
Directors of photography: Alex Rappoport, Buddy Thomas
Editor: Joel Rutkowski
Composers: Marcus Boeltz, Joanne Shenandoah
102 minutes

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