From Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez comes the inspiring story of ”Los Jets“ — a North Carolina high school soccer team made up almost entirely of young Latino men whose parents immigrated here in search of a better life.
The young players in “Los Jets” are almost all immigrants, many from families with documentation issues, and their lives have complexities and obstacles most outsiders wouldn’t think about.
“This is about something that’s happening all over America,” says Paul Cuadros, who coaches the team. “More important, it’s stories about the experience told by people who are having the experience.”
Meeting these real people “pretty much shatters all the stereotypes,” says Cuadros, a former investigative reporter who moved to Siler City to put his life where his pen was.
His first battle was getting the school to field a soccer team at all. That fight is recalled in “Los Jets,” as are rallies at which old-time Siler City residents called for the arriving immigrants to just turn around and leave.
Lynda Lopez, an executive producer along with sister Jennifer says, “we had originally talked about this as a scripted project, but the reality here is so strong and so important we decided to do it as a docu-series.”
“What’s great about this story is that it brings in all those larger issues as well,” says Lopez. “It’s not just about athletics. It’s about the experiences of both the first and second generations. It’s about what America is becoming.”
Follow their journey to compete to win the state championship as they defy odds, face adversity, experience defeat, and taste victory on and off the field.
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