Monday, May 20, 2019
"Wrestle": On Alabama, high school students grow through this intimate sport
On Monday, May 20, 2019, PBS Independent Lens aired Suzannah Herbert’s film “Wrestle” (86 min), about a high school wrestling team in Alabama, a tournament, a tough-love coach Chris Scribner, and the challenges that many of the young men face at home and in the community, link.
The film has shown in several festivals, like Denver, Hot Springs, and Oxford (MS).
There is a moment of triumph at the end for one of the team members. The film emphasizes that the sport is both an individual and a team sport. You have to make weight, have discipline. And it can be intimate. It's an unusual sport.
The film takes place in Huntsville, in the northern part of the state near the YN border, where the NASA space center is. I visited that in 2014, and earlier in 1989, where there was an underwater training exhibition then.
There is a theatrical release by Oscilloscope.