Sports and female empowerment – Diario La Tribuna

There are many films in all sports disciplines, and with a clearly female protagonism, they enchant, either because they represent dynamic stories about athletes, triumphs, stumbles and struggles, sometimes taken from real life, other times from fiction, or they attract, “For the adrenaline rush and emotion when combining the best of two worlds, the spectacle of sports and the narrative drama of a film, whether they are individual or team sports … It is not just about winning, but about improving as people”. In chronological order, let’s look at some examples:

(1) “They give the blow”, A film based on real events, directed by Penny Marshall in 1992, which tells the story of the Rockford Peaches, a women’s baseball team, made up of Geena Davies and Madonna, among others, at the command of a drunken and uninterested coach. in supporting them, played by Tom Hanks. The film is set in 1943, while American men were at war, and professional baseball was in danger of disappearing, as there weren’t enough players to form a league. In return, a group of women decided to form teams and create their tournament.

(2) “Stolen victories“, American youth comedy directed by Peyton Reed in 2000. It is the story about the competition of” cheerleaders “, to win the national championship trophy. Specifically, two cheer teams, Toro from Rancho Carne High School, San Diego, led by Kirsten Dunst (as Torrance) and Eliza Dushku, versus the Clovers, a hip-hop team from East Compton, led by Gabrielle Union (in the role of Isis). The rivalry between both squads reaches its maximum tension, when it is discovered that the former captain of the Bulls has stolen from the Clovers, their showy choreographic routines. After the success achieved by this film, it was soon followed by a sequel to titles of uneven artistic manufacture.

(3) “I want to be like Beckham”(Bend it like Beckham), directed by Gurinder Chadha in 2002. It tells the story of Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), a young woman of Hindu origin, who lives with her family in England. Her parents would like to see her finish her studies and get married, like her older sister, respecting and following the traditions of her country of origin. But Jess only dreams of soccer practice. Like his idol, then-Manchester United star David Beckham. One day, a young English woman, Jules (Keira Knightley), invites her to join a women’s team, “it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a great adventure.”

(4) “Million Dollar Baby”, Directed by Clint Eastwood in 2005, tells the story of Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a young woman disinherited from life, whose only goal is to become a figure in women’s boxing.

“To achieve this, she visits a second-rate gym, inhabited by other losers like her, where she is reluctantly trained by a veteran Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), until she becomes the star she wanted to be, both living a father-child relationship, which is It is cut short by a tragic accident that gives an unexpected and controversial turn to the story ”. See Oscar Bagán. http://www.publicacions.ub.edu/.

(5) “Whip it”. 2009 film, debut feature by Drew Barrymore as director. “This comedy brings us closer to the world of Roller Derby or rollerblading through Bliss (Elliot Page) an introverted and insecure 17-year-old teenager, bored with participating in the beauty pageants her mother takes her to and from living in a deeply conservative society in Texas, so he finds in the Austin skating league not only a way to rebel in search of identity, but also to give value to the dreams of each person ”.

(6) “Soul Surfer“Film based on true events, directed by Sean McNamara in 2011, which tells the inspiring story of Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton (played by AnnaSophia Robb),” who at the age of 13 lost her left arm to the attack of a Shark, but thanks to family support, faith, an unwavering spirit and above all his love of surfing, he managed to overcome all obstacles to return to competitions and win several tournaments ”.

(7) “Mary Kom”, A drama from India, directed by Omung Kumar in 2014, whose greatest virtue is to popularize the figure of Mary Kom (played by Priyanka Chopra), a boxer born in the Indian tribal state of Manipur. He started boxing at the age of 17, after trying track and field, although his big dream had always been to get in a ring. She won her first medal (silver, at age 18) at the Women’s Boxing World Championship in Pennsylvania, USA ”.

“Thanks to his talent and courage, he imposed not only the sabotage of his own national federation and the pathetic aid to Olympic athletes they give in India, a country obsessed with cricket, but also discrimination as he comes from an ethnic minority in a state where there are racial and political problems, and on top of that, a fairly general situation of poverty. In India they know it as “magnificent mary“And it is a symbol for the whole country, especially for the girls and for the people of her hometown.”

(8) “Reina de Katwe”, directed by Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”), in 2016, about Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga), the Ugandan girl chess star. His biography highlights that he lost his father to AIDS when he was three years old. Some time later, he saw one of his sisters die and malaria almost claimed his life when he was eight years old. Later, “while he was ordering food for his brother through the streets of Katwe – the same ones he made his home – he came across Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), the missionary who, in addition to a plate of oatmeal, offered him chess classes” .

“That is the synopsis of the life of the first person from his country to become a world champion of the discipline. An extraordinary story that the American writer Tim Crothers turned into a book, of which Disney bought the rights to transform it into the film, Reina de Katwe“, A film that portrays how the support of her family and her community gave her the determination to achieve her dream of being the best in the world.”

A path as impossible as it is miraculous, as Crothers expressed in his book. “Phiona Mutesi,” says this writer, “is the last link of the marginalized. To be born African is to be an outcast in the world. To be born in Uganda is to be an outcast in Africa. To be born in Katwe is to be an outcast in Uganda. To be born a girl is to be an outcast in Katwe.