“Bigger than the game” is a phrase that gets tossed around quite often during major sporting events. The World Cup is certainly no exception, as national soccer teams, regardless of who they’re playing, have come to symbolize more than just a group of athletes.
Through their resiliency in competition and the pride they instill in fandoms, sports teams are almost never just a collection of jerseys. “Nossa Chape,” the newest documentary from “The Two Escobars” filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, recognizes this fact almost immediately.
About Chapecoense, the team born from a western Brazilian city that grew to national and international prominence, the film wastes no time showing how both team and community are intertwined.
It also doesn’t take long for “Nossa Chape” to detail the tragic aftermath of a plane crash that killed 71 players and club staff in a late November 2016.
Rather than treat this cataclysmic event as a prolonged, delayed product of dread, the filmmakers acknowledges as early as possible that the unthinkable has happened, looking instead at what comes after something that teams, families, and the entire world still have trouble reconciling.
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