CHANGING
THE GAME

Running Time: 88 min

Michael Barnett
Director

USA
Country

English
Language

Changing the Game
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Audience Award,
Best Documentary

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Audience Award,
Best Documentary Feature

L.A. Outfest 2019

Jury Award,
Best Documentary

aGLIFF32


Meet Mack, Andraya, and Sarah Rose, three out transgender high school athletes. They’re training hard, playing hard, and shaking up the face of sports nationwide. With grace and dignity beyond their years, they deal with hostile press coverage and the angry, outspoken parents of their competitors.

Due to outdated Texas regulations, Mack wrestles with the girls; en route to the state finals, his every victory is bittersweet. Sarah Rose is a make-up vlogger and competitive skier, and she channels her energy into activism for a pro-trans bill in her home state of New Hampshire. Andraya runs track and befriends her team’s only other trans athlete. Filmmaker Michael Barnett gained exceptional access for an up-close and personal look at these well-spoken, emotionally mature young athletes. With a stirring score, he constructs a beautifully paced and uplifting portrait of three families, three communities, and a nation in the throes of change.
— Frank Danay