WEEK IN WOMEN: Sydney Freeland to helm basketball drama REZ BALL – Brandy McDonnell reports

Navajo director Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) is helming the Native American basketball drama Rez Ball. The film follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico, that must band together after losing their star player if they want to keep their quest for a state championship alive. It’s an all-American underdog story about Navajo kids and coaches told from the inside-out.

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MAIDEN – Brandy McDonnell reviews

The documentary focuses on the team’s captain and driving force, Tracy Edwards, who rebels after her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage to an abusive alcoholic. After running away from home as a teenager, the Englishwoman wanders to the coast and eventually takes a stewardess job on a charter yacht, which is how she becomes an experienced sailor and learns about the Whitbread Round the World Race.

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