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HBO, Astro Ch 411/HD Ch 431, 11.15am Based on a true story, the film re­volves around foren­sic pathol­o­gist Ben­nett Omalu (Will Smith) and his ef­forts to get the Na­tional Foot­ball League in Amer­ica to recog­nise the co-re­la­tion be­tween long-term re­peated blows to the heads of foot­ball play­ers and the chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy (CTE) that some­times en­sues, caus­ing per­ma­nent brain dam­age to these play­ers. In the movie, Omalu ex­am­ines the brains of foot­ball play­ers who have died young, (of­ten from sui­cide) and dis­cov­ers mount­ing ev­i­dence that shows that the play­ers all suf­fered from CTE. Omalu’s ef­forts to high­light the sit­u­a­tion to the NFL though prove to be both thankless and tougher than he could ever have imag­ined.

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