There’s no shortage of documentaries about high school football teams chasing championship glory, though Algiers, America could stand head and shoulders above the rest. The documentations of journalist and Vice Alum Jackson Fager weaves stories of the Edna Karr Cougars marching towards a hopeful winning season with the broader picture of their community being torn apart by gun violence and the prison state.
Here is the official synopsis:
“Algiers, America is a five-part documentary chronicling the journey of Coach Brice Brown, the Edna Karr Cougars, and their quest for a fifth state championship in six years. Associated with the Cougars is a collection of compelling characters in and out of school – a passionate community leader and educator, a charismatic marching band leader, and a group of families fighting the epidemics of gun violence and mass incarceration. Overall, the series is a rare, authentic, compelling, candid and at times difficult look at life in a community struggling to define itself through triumphs on the football field and far beyond. This limited docu-series will break your heart instantly and inspire you with its gripping story, unforgettable characters and celebration of possibility.”
So many episodes provide tremendous breathing room for an undeniably intricate and vivid picture that takes us past the stadium lights and into the neighborhood. It looks excellent and will be released in full on Hulu on April 19th.