Nossa Chape

An extraordinary sports documentary and a compelling human-interest story, this documentary follows the rising Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense after the November 2016 plane crash that killed 19 players and the entire staff. The new manager quickly replenishes the roster and hires a strict coach who, removing photos of the deceased from the locker room, pushes the untested squad to its first match barely two months after the tragedy. Meanwhile the three surviving players are recruited as poster boys for the new sponsor, and widows of the players face a court battle over their dead spouses’ image rights. Despite the bitterness and discord, the team resurges; even more miraculously, friendship and loyalty make a comeback too. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist and Julian Duque directed. In Portuguese with subtitles.