Murderball is a 2005 American documentary about athletes who are physically disabled  who play wheelchair rugby . It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and US teamsleading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games . It was directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro , and produced by Jeffrey V. Mandel and Shapiro. It was nominated for theBest Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards .  Murderball Was the first MTV movie released through ThinkFilm as well asParticipant Media .