There are no game winning dunk in High Flying Bird miracles, a new basketball film by Steven Soderbergh, arrived on Friday on Netflix. There are training montage, provoking speech booths or pint-sized hero surprise, either. On the contrary, the machinations behind the scenes film, Sorkin-esque walk-and-talks led fights and arguments over cups of tea. But while the film is usually missing basketball, it is more in line with the state of compliance with most modern professional basketball of the movies about the sport and you start hitting the struggle of being power of blacks athletes in their fight with the owners for the autonomy players, free expression and billions of dollars in revenue. The film follows fictional agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) in the center of the controversial 2011 NBA lockout. Work to overcome in the owner’s ruthless strategy team (Kyle MacLachlan) in blocking negotiations, expand hiring an oppressed, owes Rookie (Melvin Gregg) and the team with a steel player Slon (Sonja Sohn), to change the economic structure championship. The stakes at first appear lower than other Soderbergh films, such as drug trafficking in traffic or corporate corruption in Erin Brockovich. But the heart of the film is the conflict in the control and commodification of blacks bodies. A sign compares the NBA draft in an auction of slaves; another integration of the league in 1950 describes it as a “play a game”: a wealthy white owners to use player movement system tells you just know the origins of the NBA, control, image rights and the result. The hard and dense script was written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, which in 2016 won an Oscar for co-author Moonlight. Since this film, High Flying Bird champion seeking radical ways of going to survive and unjust systems. McCraney a driving factor in both films in an interview with GQ this month, said: “On the one hand, the American dream is carroted front of us on the other side of the stick of repression is to beat us,” McCraney, Soderbergh and the Netherlands (which co-produced the film) sell the film in a black protest line. He pointedly calling his name from Richie Havens version of a popular song for freedom. And Ray sociologist Harry Edwards discussed 1969 book The Revolt of the Black Athlete as a sacred text. In this book, Edwards describes the systematic discrimination against blacks athletes and recounts his efforts standing in front of a black boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games, that to create a Black Power salute in leading Mexico City. “Tell the world that the games are free of discrimination, a wonderful example of fair play for all,” he writes. “Meanwhile abandonment kills your people faster than you can sprint.” Edwards seems to be in High Flying Bird, a direct connection between a time when blacks superstars like Bill Russell, the protest had to sleep in separate hotels and forge a new era. Edwards now serves as Colin Kaepernick consultant and collaborates with many sports teams; He is vocal about what he called the “social frameworks, physiological and cultural and individual prejudices and biases allows confirmation discriminatory acts to find.” Similarly where Edwards rosy vision of the sport from the Olympics gifts McCraney worked with Soderbergh and high rebel Flying Bird against utopian construct sports film to expose. Movies such as White Men Can not Jump, Glory Road and The Blind Side spread the idea that sport can drive equality; that the class tensions and race disappear while on hardwood grid or by a common determination and resistance. High Flying Bird, however, is much more cynical. “The League is a business,” blames Ray Erick. “Company. We are in the business world.” While Michael Jordan won his freedom by a buzzer beater in Space Jam, lift High Flying Birds, the idea that even a single victory on the court. The NBA film is not a line for the size, but a cold, unfeeling Corporation, commanding the men to scratch blacks in MacLachlan snot in a zero-sum game Executive defeat another high flying bird could an anti-sports movie called. do not lift their target, but rather to provoke mobilize and vision of a future in which the players have the championship. And, unlike the sweeping cinematography of other sports films, high-flying bird was shot on an iPhone. in real life, the 2011 lockout ended in relative failure for the players’ union, NBA owner as players have to accept a reduction in their share of revenue. But since then to have the player unternomm steps to increase dramatically change the landscape of the league’s, both their income and agency. LeBron James, was particularly revolutionary as he exercises power over his career. He encouraged other players to maintain its leadership for follow autonomy, and condemned a double standard, Superstars chains dedicated teams while the owners so that for trade if it fits their business strategy. (On Wednesday, has to Instagram to criticize the way in which Harrison Barnes was unceremoniously sent off for a trade during a game.) Several stars including Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis Use this season, saw their leverage has its career with debt Forge paths, rather than the owner of stay team. These efforts were supported by the growth of social media and other online outlets that allow players to control their own public image and to talk about the political and social causes. James on Twitter famous tangled with Donald Trump, while Kevin Love has opened a dialogue on mental health issues for players Tribune, founded a media platform by Derek Jeter. Meanwhile, a huge deal $24 billion-TV, combined with a favorable 2017 collective agreement negotiated by Michael Roberto, the great NBA player day union leaders pay landed opportunities for young stars, 45 percent raises for players on minimum contracts and higher minimum wages veterans. High Flying Bird, Ray will be even higher, dreaming of a radical championship player in the game directly to YouTube or Netflix streaming. Such a dramatic change seems unlikely in the near future. will continue until then, activists, filmmakers and actors in the structures of power and work challenges the shock perception that athletes are not looks, written as “super animal” as Edwards in 1969, but treated with full of humanity.