Amir Bar-Lev

Amir Bar-Lev explores tribalism in Penn State-centric 'Happy Valley'

Happy Valley

Music Box, $29.95

Amir Bar-Lev's latest documentary is ostensibly about the scandal that erupted at Penn State when assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing young boys. But as with Bar-Lev's earlier films "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story," this one is really about much more. "Happy Valley" uses the Sandusky story and what came after — including the downfall of respected coach Joe Paterno — to discuss the different ways tribalism affects how people process a major event. As Penn State fans circle the wagons and come up with excuses for appalling behavior from their idols, Bar-Lev considers...