After meeting in jail in Vancouver, B.C. two Indigenous men embark on a cross border road trip to New Mexico. The journey turns into a mission to fight the insidious racism perpetrated against their culture, starting with that damned Redskins mascot.
Elisa and Dan’s childhoods were no cakewalk. They fight for their kids. Elisa grew up on a Native American Reservation within a tough environment. Her excellence in sports and at school got her to college. There she met the wily borderline fanatical Dan playing baseball, whose brilliance on the field was overshadowed by his inability to control his emotions. Their daughter Ellie is freakishly talented. Like both her parents she is an exceptional athlete—so much so that her abilities to pitch, which the family has quietly developed for years, is unleashed on the local high school team. A shock to many in the school and the town, she is championed by her idol, the star high school shortstop, and big league prospect, Nate. Yet, Ellie, the amazing phenom that she is, is far from the only stunner in this family, or on this team. Within a story that plays close attention to the details and relationships inside baseball, as Ellie’s quest to break into major league baseball progresses, Phenom goes further to expose the beauty and complexities beyond the game, staying truthful to the incredible and challenging times we live in.