Behind The Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 28, 2023 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

The Bellevue Meaningful Movies Group invites you to the screening of BEHIND THE SHIELD. A documentary about the cultural politics of manhood, militarism, nationalism, and race in America’s most popular and influential sports league.

Celebrated author and Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin tackles the myth that the NFL was somehow free of politics before Colin Kaepernick and other Black NFL players took a knee. Digging deep into the history of the league and navigating a stunning excavation of decades of archival footage and news media, Zirin traces how the NFL, under the guise of “sticking to sports,” has promoted wars, militarism, and nationalism; glorified reactionary ideas about manhood and gender roles; normalized systemic racism, corporate greed, and crony capitalism; and helped vilify challenges to the dominant order as “unpatriotic” and inappropriately “political.” The result is a case study not only in the power of big-time sports to disseminate stealth propaganda and reinforce an increasingly authoritarian status quo, but also the power of activist athletes to challenge this unjust status quo and model a different, more democratic vision of America.



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Sponsors: East Shore Unitarian

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Release Year: 2022

Running Time: 93 min

Director: Jeremy Earp

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