Across the Line
A black high school student sets his sights for the National Hockey League, but rising racial tensions in his community may jeopardize his goals.
Out of the approximately 600 players in the National Hockey League, thirty are black. Mattie Slaughter, a hockey phenom from the rural black community of North Preston, wants to make it thirty-one. To reach his goal, Mattie needs to keep his nose clean and avoid trouble. Hard to do though, when you go to a school where racism taints every interaction, your older brother is a hustler and you’re crushing on a girl who’s already hooked up.
Across the Line not only showcases some fine black actors, it delves into a topic that Hollywood is continuing to struggle with. It's a pity we struggle with these same issues in Canada, but also a point of pride that this film was made here.