Requiem for a Running Back (2017)



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Filmmaker Rebecca Carpenter explores the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy on football players, including her own father, Green Bay Packers running back Lewis Carpenter. Interviews with figures like NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and neuropathologists Bennet Omalu and Ann McKee provide insight into the disease, which in turn helps Carpenter better understand her fraught relationship with her dad.


Critic Reviews for Requiem for a Running Back

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A deeply personal investigation into an important subject.

Nov 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The end result is a brilliant and brave and beautifully honest film.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This documentary about brain trauma in the NFL is largely anecdotal, but therein lies its power.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

As more players are diagnosed with CTE each year, Rebecca Carpenter's Requiem for a Running Back offers a deeply personal perspective into the crisis.

Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Any parent thinking of letting their children play football will think twice...

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The film both makes a compelling case for abolishing football as well as explaining why it was so beloved by the players whose brains it was destroying. First-rate.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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