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The East L.A. Classic is arguably the most intense high school football showdown in the United States. The annual game, which pits James A. Garfield High against Theodore Roosevelt High, has been running since 1925 and regularly draws crowds of 25,000. Because the high schools are among the first to be established in the East L.A. area, most of the participants are Hispanic. The new documentary The All-Americans, which hit the film festival circuit under the title The Classic, offers an intimate look at multiple aspects of this important rivalry while interrogating the idea of what it means to be an immigrant in a time of partisan politics. Billy McMillin, the gifted editor of Iraq in Fragments and West of Memphis, makes his directorial debut. American pop singer-songwriter Becky G serves as executive producer.

Regency Commerce, 950 Goodrich Blvd, Commerce; Starting Fri., Nov. 8 ; various showtimes; $9-$11.50; (323) 726-8022.