Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, a documentary film that will be available on Netflix, has finally been given a release date. It is a documentary film series that tells extraordinary stories from the world of sports, including football, basketball, streetball, and sailing. This film is the sixth installment of the nine-part series.
According to the promotional material for Volume 2, “These stories aren’t the ones you’ve heard before, even if you think you’ve heard them,” and if the first of the four documentaries is any indication, it’s going to be another set of wild stories.
Untold The Girlfriend: Release Date
The story of how the private online relationship of an All-American football player sent his life and career careening out of control. Untold on Netflix has returned with four outstanding new documentaries that are all related to the world of sports.
Untold is a documentary film series that tells extraordinary stories from the world of sports. This film is the sixth installment of a total of nine films in the series.
What is the Storyline of Untold: The Girlfriend?
The life of pro football player Manti Te’o is first up. We pick up at the close of his remarkable senior year of college ball. The player from Hawaii, whose motto is “faith, family, football,” has an excellent future ahead of him.
He seems to have it all together on the outside as the star player for his college’s football team, but tragedy strikes when both his girlfriend and grandmother passed away on the same night. Te’o chooses to dedicate his season to his family’s memory, but the attention his incredible story garners puts him under a microscope. His virtual relationship is scrutinized by the press as events unfold.
The preview reveals that his “girlfriend” did not actually exist. In-depth interviews with Manti Te’o and the person behind the online identity, Ronaiah ‘Naya’ Tuiasosopo, provide insight into the elaborate hoax explored in the film.
The official synopsis is as follows:
The documentary consists of Manti Te’o’s interview where he shares his first-hand experience of dealing with deceit, heartbreak and controversy that the media cooked up.
A transgender woman by the name of Naya Tuiasosopo, who created the fictional character, also features in the documentary to reveal her side of the story.
The all-American football standout Manti Te’o, gets the news of his grandmother and girlfriend dying on the same day during one of his matches.
Increased media eyeballs on Manti Teo’s online relationship unravel a shocking truth: his girlfriend did not actually exist. Becoming the victim of a hoax, the golden football boy’s future and legacy is threatened by the media turmoil that follows.
In a statement, Netflix said the following about Untold: Volume 2:
“Premiering weekly, each film kicks off at a pivotal moment and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it, to reveal the grit, resilience, heartbreak, triumph, violence, comedy, and pathos beneath the sweat.”
Is It Based on a True Story?
Manti, his fictitious “girlfriend,” and others involved in the bizarre incident tell the real story of how the player was conned online and nearly lost his career when the deception became public in The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist.
Manti’s “girlfriend,” whom he had never met in person, turned out to be a catfishing persona created by Ronaiah “Naya” Tuiasosopo, who admits in the documentary that she was “in love” with the character’s success online.
The footballer has admitted that he once believed the woman’s claims that Manti’s alleged girlfriend was killed in a car accident and then succumbed to leukemia. People, including Manti himself (who denies any involvement in the hoax), have questioned the story’s veracity and wondered if he was behind it in an effort to boost his career.
In the film about the media coverage, Manti says, “It was just like a huge tidal wave and I was drowning,” “You can’t feel anything, taste anything, smell anything. Nothing.”
In a confusing tale of online deception that nearly derailed the promising footballer’s career, the documentary presents both sides of the story.
TV sportscaster Alex Flanagan explains in the movie that “I think one of the first questions everybody asked was: ‘How could he be so naive?’ and then the second question everybody started wondering was: ‘Was he complicit?'”.
Untold The Girlfriend: Trailer
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There More Films in Volume 2?
There are three more films in Untold Volume 2 that focus on the “rags-to-riches tale of a scrappy company transforming streetball into a phenomenon” and the “astonishing Australian upset of the US in America’s Cup” in the world of sailing.
Who Directed the Movie?
Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Ryan Duffy, Tony Vainuku, Kevin Wilson Jr., and David Terry Fine are the film’s respective directors.
Where to Stream It?
A documentary film with the working title Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist will be made available on Netflix on August 16, 2022.