Iroquois Rising

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World Premiere

Director - Shayne Lightner

Producer - Shayne Lightner, Peter R. Berg, Cathy Griffin

Writer - Shayne Lightner

Editor - Peter R. Berg

Music - Joanna Sisk-Purvis

Cinematography - Shayne Lightner, Steve Thomas, Charlie Huff, Torry Mendoza

Sound - Brent Kiser Titles/Graphics - David Chen, P-Jay Fidler Associate Producers - Adam Wheeler, Randy Parker, Louie Maggiotto


Iroquois Rising - The Iroquois Confederacy is comprised of six nations in upstate New York and into Canada and are a very sovereign people. They travel on their own passports and present at the U.N. The Iroquois also created the sport of lacrosse, now the fastest growing sport in the world. They not only play it competitively, it is an important part of their culture and religion. Since 1990, the Iroquois have played as a sovereign nation in the World Lacrosse Championships against the U.S., Canada, Australia and 23 other teams and are the fourth-ranked team in the world.

This past summer, the Iroquois were denied entry into the 2010 World Games, because the British would not recognize their passports as valid travel documents. This film follows the Iroquois Nationals in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships as they try to improve upon their fourth-ranked standing and win a medal. We meet the players and experience both the highs and lows of progressing with the team through the tournament. In the process, we gain an understanding into Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people, why this game is so important to them and how this sport--their gift to the world--is their voice. Despite injustices inflicted upon them, both past and present, this team and this people will not give up and are here to stay. Their voices will be heard.


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