This is one video the NFL doesn’t want you to see.
With Super Bowl 52 coming up, a short film titled “Concussion Protocol” was released on The Intercept, which shows a compilation of every reported concussion this season.
The short film was directed by Josh Begley and produced by Laura Poitras.
Here’s every concussion in the NFL this year pic.twitter.com/zyzwciboSj
— Josh Begley (@joshbegley) February 1, 2018
Here’s what Begley wrote on his blog post:
This film does not make an argument for ending football. Rather, it invites a set of questions. In the spirit of Saidiya Hartman, I am interested in “defamiliarizing the familiar.”
When we watch American football, what are we seeing?
By cutting together only these scenes of injury — moments of impact, of intimacy, of trauma — and reversing them, I hope to open up a space to see some of this violence anew.
There have been 281 documented concussions this season — the most since 2012.