Born to Play shows women are athletic, dedicated, and competitive in one of the roughest sports in America—football.
The documentary had its world premiere on ESPN earlier this month, which follows an entire season of the Boston Renegades. It’s an inspirational and redemption story of a women’s tackle football team after going undefeated but losing their championship the previous year.
Liberman captures the spirit of sportsmanship as these unpaid athletes sacrifice their bodies while maintaining their full-time careers. All in the pursuit of their lifelong dream that playing American football is for everyone.
Director Viridiana Lieberman is a documentarian and editor with a keen eye for great stories. Her last documentary, Fattitude, opened audiences’ eyes on the realities of fat-shaming and fat hatred. She has an extensive editing background work with great documentaries, including HBO’s I Am Evidence, which won the 2019 News & Doc Emmy for Best Documentary and HBO’s The Sentence, which won 2019 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. She also edited Special Olympics: 50 Years of Changing the Game, which aired in 2018 on ABC and short documentary Love the Sinner as an entry to the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.
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LRM Online sat down for a video conference call with director Viridiana Lieberman. We discussed her journey with the Boston Renegades for an entire football season by documenting their games and their lives. Not to mention, her most significant challenge was to earn the trust of the players with the camera rolling. Born to Play is her solo directorial debut for a documentary film.
The documentary can be streamed on ESPN+ or ESPN app account holders today. It will broadcast on ABC on Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m. EST.
Watch the exclusive interview below and let us know if you’re going to check out the documentary.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, ESPN+