Home Game, featuring freediving in the Philippines as one of the eight sports from across the globe, premieres on June 26.
Watch the trailer here
Netflix upcoming docuseries profiles 8 unique and dangerous traditional sports from around the world, as well as the communities and cultures where they thrive.
One of the sports featured is our very own sport of freediving.
In an e-mail Q&A with the Executive Producers of the show, Austin Reza, one of the executive producers and the director of Episode 3 of Home Game, shared some of his thoughts on the title:
1. Why did you decide to feature the Sama-Badjao people in the Philippines for one of the episodes?
The Sama people have such a unique culture and set of skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, like their ability to stay underwater for long periods of time to reach unimaginable depths while they hunt. As one Sama told me, they are born from the sea. After watching them hunt, I would agree. Imam, our main character, was able to leverage his daily job of diving for fish to compete in an International free-diving competition. It’s an amazing story, and we’re grateful we were able to tell it.
2, How did you first get to know about their freediving practices and way of life? Have you ever visited in person?
During pre-production we had amazing researchers who introduced us to the sport and the athletes in the Philippines. Prior to shooting, I had never visited, but after arriving it quickly became one of my favorite places in the world. I absolutely loved it. Also, once we were on the ground we quickly understood how unforgiving the water really is. Free-diving is definitely a mentally tough sport, but it’s just as tough physically.
3. What inspired you to create the Home Game series and why Netflix?
Ryan* and I had first worked on the pilot together over two years ago. We both loved that the world is a diverse, beautiful place full of unique cultures that express themselves through sport. Telling those stories was something we felt passionately about. When we partnered with Netflix, we knew Home Game found the ideal partner; a studio that lets producers and directors have the freedom to try new things while reaching a global audience. I can’t wait for people to experience Home Game, and I hope they enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
*Ryan Duffy is one of the Executive producers of the show, along with Austin.
Here are the other episodes of HOME GAME now on Netflix
Episode 1 — Calcio Storico
Rugby meets mixed martial arts in the brutally violent calcio storico, a traditional sport of Florence, Italy, that dates back nearly 500 years.
Episode 2 — Highland Games
Scotland’s Highland games combine a cultural celebration with challenging athletic tests of strength — including the unique caber toss.
Episode 3 — Freediving
For many in the Philippines, freediving without oxygen is a way of life. It’s also a demanding sport that pushes the limits of the human body.
Episode 4 — Roller Derby
In Austin, Texas, strong women find an inclusive and supportive community in roller derby, a competition that blends high speed and physical combat.
Episode 5 — Kok Boru
In Kyrgyzstan, players throw themselves into the national sport of kok boru, a rough polo-like game played on horses — with a dead goat as the ball.
Episode 6 — Catch Fétiche
Professional wrestling in the Congo mixes athleticism and showmanship, but adds a layer of voodoo mysticism that makes it unlike anything else.
Episode 7 — Makepung Lampit
Unique to Bali’s Jembrana region, Makepung Lampit puts its own spin on drag racing. The vehicle is a water buffalo, the track a flooded rice field.
Episode 8 — Pehlwani
Athletes have grappled in Pehlwani wrestling contests for centuries in India. Now women are competing in an arena once reserved for men.