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Copa '71

Directed by James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay
2023
UK
91 minutes
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The rip-roaring story, shamefully untold for decades, of the 1971 Women’s Soccer World Cup, revealed by the awe-inspiring players who competed in the trailblazing tournament.
Why haven’t we heard about this global sporting contest, one of the first of its kind, that attracted over 100,000 fans to Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium? Because the players were women, and soccer has long been a man’s game. Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine’s film sets out to put the record straight – super timely given the sport’s newly minted popularity. Interviews expose systemic sexism and the governing bodies determined to undermine women’s soccer. Threaded throughout is long-lost footage from the 1971 competition, so you can cheer with the crowd as these inspiring but disregarded pioneers step onto the world stage.
Copa '71 is a revolutionary political parable that goes beyond football. A different world is possible; not only that, a different world was not just possible but did in fact exist
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
This is immediately one of the great football documentaries
Kevin Maher, The Times
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Year
2023
Country
UK
Language
In English, Spanish, Italian and French with English subtitles
Director
James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay
Producer
Victoria Gregory, Anna Godas, Jannat Gargi
Screenwriter
Victoria Gregory, Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine
Cinematographer
John Halliday, Angela Neil, Tim Metzger, Alex Roa, Gabriel Pomeraniec, Maggie Olkuska
Editor
Arturo Calvete, Mark Roberts
Premiere
NSW Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Sport, Women Directors, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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