I don’t think those skills are particularly feminine in the sport — I think they are the skills of the sport [you need] to be successful,” she says. For a world desperate for something besides game reruns and alarming speculation about the future, ESPN came through on 1 July with Born to Play, a documentary from director Viridiana Lieberman, which depicted the Boston Renegade’s 2018 championship season. Affiliate links used when available. The documentary followed the Renegades through their 6-2 regular season, and their subsequent championship run. ESPN’s latest documentary, Born to Play, delves into the little-known world of women’s tackle football. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Born to Play is the latest documentary to debut on ESPN after the network found great critical and watercooler success with documentaries like the Michael Jordan docuseries The Last Dance, the Bruce Lee doc Like Water, and the Lance Armstrong two-part doc, LANCE.. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. June 25, 2020. “Football culture has always been aligned with brute strength and domination and hard hits, but the sport itself is actually kind of like a game of chess.”Lieberman didn’t want to shy away from that intensity. Born To Play shines a light on a team of remarkable women, ranging in age from 19-49, from a vast spectrum of backgrounds who dedicate their time, bodies and paychecks to pursue their passion for playing football.All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. She found it with the Boston Renegades women’s tackle football team, which in 2018 was attempting to win the WFA national championship to redeem themselves for falling short the season before.“One of the things that I loved most about the team is that I felt like they were the purest form of the sport, in the sense that I don’t feel like there’s anything gendered about throwing a ball or making a tackle or running down the field,” Lieberman told With heart, hustle, and hope, the Renegades are on the path to redemption after losing in their championship game the previous year.

Click here to read the full article. ESPN will broadcast the world premiere of the women’s football documentary Born To Play on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, at 9 p.m. EDT. But what is the incentive to do this? The documentary debuts on ESPN July 1 and follows Women's Football Alliance team the Boston Renegades during the 2018 season. The Boston Renegades were born to play.The women’s tackle football team is the subject of the latest ESPN documentary, Born to Play, which follows the athletes throughout their 2018 season as they tried to capture the WFA national championship.Watch the Born to Play trailer below. But she also observed a level of grace when she watched the women’s game, as shown by the athleticism of two of the film’s leads, quarterback Allison Cahill and cornerback Chanté Bonds.“It is a contact sport, but it also requires great finesse. “That’s why I shot sequences in slow motion, so you could actually see the mechanics that were happening.”The helmet-crushing, on-field action is juxtaposed by the quiet ordinariness of the players’ day jobs and private lives. And it’s nothing but to play the sport,” she says.Lieberman identifies as queer, but she lightheartedly describes “Born to Play” as “a gay film not about being gay.”“Growing up as a lesbian, I feel like every story about a gay person or queer person I had to watch in the media was always a story of struggle, and I had this fantasy of kind of retelling stories where people just were who they are,” she explains.Portraying the athletes matter-of-factly, some with same-sex partners and fiancés, was therefore deliberate.“I’m just showing the world for what it is with these women,” she adds, “and they have created a community and a society amongst the team where those things just don’t play a factor.”