XLrator Media said today that it has acquired worldwide rights to Spirit Game: Pride Of A Nation, a feature documentary about the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team. The company plans a November 2016 release to mark Native American Heritage Month.
The film from directors Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter follows the team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time, the championship games were held on an Indian reservation, in Onondaga in upstate New York, the capital of the Iroquois Confederacy. The underdog Iroquois Nationals competed with 40 countries in the 2014 tournament and, for the first time, won a bronze medal.
“This is a truly moving and inspirational look at the spiritual journey the sport of lacrosse represents to the Iroquois people,” XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon said. “Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois as more than sport but as profound medicine that is the lifeblood of their nation and central to their efforts to be recognized on the world stage.”
The film was produced by Spirer and Chris Brewster and executive produced by Gayle Anne Kelley and Oren Lyons.