Religion plays an important role in sports culture. Before the start of a game, it is not uncommon to see players kneel down to pray in the end zone — especially in some of the more violent sports.
The documentary “Fight Church,” takes on the challenge of examining this paradoxical relationship: The film, which is helmed by co-directors Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, focuses on the relationship between Christianity and mixed martial arts — the latter of which is a form of fighting that happens to be taught in Christian ministries across the world.
In this exclusive clip from the film, a martial arts instructor, two UFC fighters and a priest contemplate the religious merits of engaging in hand-to-hand combat. The interviews are paired with slow-motion footage of professional fights, set to a haunting classical track of music.
Director Daniel Junge is best known for his 2012 Oscar-winning short subject documentary “Saving Face”; Bryan Storkel directed the 2011 feature-length professional blackjack documentary “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians.”
You can watch the full clip below. “Fight Church” is now available for viewing on all digital and VOD platforms.