“Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” about Iroquois National Lacrosse Team

    July 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Global Justice Center
    225 E 26th St
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation


    “Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

    Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois, which they call their “medicine game,” and is the lifeblood of their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team is not only among the world’s best, but they are also ambassadors for their Nation’s sovereignty and recognition. In 2015, the Iroquois hosted the World Championships on Native soil for the first time ever, in upstate New York, the capitol of the Iroquois Confederacy. As the Championship Games begin, history, politics and culture all collide on the playing field before the eyes of the world. The inspiring, politically-charged documentary Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation follows the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road and in the games as they compete not only for themselves, but for all their people. Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation is the latest film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer (Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann) and Peter Baxter (I Want to Be an American). (Dir. by Peter Spirer & Peter Baxter, 2017, USA, 102 mins., Not Rated)”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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