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  • Before these prospects enter the high stakes world of football fame and fortune, they must contend with gang violence, drug abuse, and poverty.

    Before these prospects enter the high stakes world of football fame and fortune, they must contend with gang violence, drug abuse, and poverty.

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  • Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance.

    Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance.

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  • Harvey runs the ball in a play dedicated to his family.

    Harvey runs the ball in a play dedicated to his family.

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  • Proud mother, Kalasita, stands with Harvey for an interview after the game.

    Proud mother, Kalasita, stands with Harvey for an interview after the game.

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  • Fihi leads teammates in a football chant before championship game.

    Fihi leads teammates in a football chant before championship game.

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  • Bloomfield Brothers, Leva and Vita, during pre-game warm ups

    Bloomfield Brothers, Leva and Vita, during pre-game warm ups

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  • Director Tony Vainuku

    Director Tony Vainuku

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  • Producer/Co-Director, Erika Cohn

    Producer/Co-Director, Erika Cohn

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The Film

Polynesians are changing high school, college, and professional football. Their sheer physicality, speed, and agility have set new thresholds in athleticism. In Football We Trust chronicles the journey of young Polynesian-American men in Utah, as they transform out of their adolescence, striving to take warrior culture to the next level — through American football. The film follows the genealogy of Polynesian football, the Utah pipeline, and the profound ways their loyalty, rituals, passion, and ferocity have changed the game and the fan base of football.

The Filmmakers

  1. Tony VainukuDirector
  2. Erika CohnProducer/Co-Director