In the trailer for In Football We Trust, a documentary directed by Tony Vainuku and produced by Erika Cohn of Idle Wild films, several young Polynesian men identify themselves as playing high school football. An inter title appears stating that approximately 150,000 Samoans and Tongans now live in the United States and are 56 times more likely to make it into the National Football League (NFL) than any other ‘race’ despite one in four of the same group living in poverty. And why is their success rate so high? Words like ‘faith’, ‘talent’, ‘culture’, ‘warrior’ and ‘family’ flash across the screen, followed by:‘it’s the only option’ (IFWT Productions and ITVS 2014).
|Title of host publication||New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures|
|Editors||Matt Tomlinson and Ty P. Kawika Tengan|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|