You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Watch: Exclusive ‘Fight Church’ Clip Combines Religion and Mixed-Martial Arts

Watch: Exclusive 'Fight Church' Clip Combines Religion and Mixed-Martial Arts

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.

This Article is related to: News and tagged , , , ,