Football holds a natural appeal to America’s emerging Polynesian population, whose warrior heritage fits a sport noted for stunning athleticism and on-the-field violence. The documentary In Football We Trust spotlights the connection, following four young Polynesian players in Salt Lake City, Utah — a chief source of the modern influx of Pacific Islanders into the NFL — as they strive to overcome gang violence and near-poverty through the promise of college and professional football. It’s seen as a pipeline to the American Dream.
The film, a Sundance Festival selection in 2015, is screened in the Truman Forum Auditorium as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A panel discussion of the documentary's themes follows.
Co-presented by KCPT-TV and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.