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Copa 71

James Erskine & Rachel Ramsay | 2023 | 90 MINS
UK | Some Subtitles
Screening to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Told by the pioneering women who participated, this is the extraordinary story of the 1971 Women's Football World Cup, a tournament witnessed by record crowds that has been written out of sporting history - until now.

★★★★★ The Guardian

In Detail

The goal of ‘Copa 71,’ directed by Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine and executive produced by Serena and Venus Williams, is to make sure more people do know of this event, which drew the largest attendance ever for a women’s sporting event, more than 110,000 for a match in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium.

The film is filled with female empowerment anthems of the day, including Kiki Dee’s ‘I’ve Got the Music in Me’ and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking.’

You can look at ‘Copa 71’ as the ‘Summer of Soul’ of women’s sport – the chronicle of a big event that took place more than 50 years ago and had been lost to time, making use of copious footage that has remained unseen for most of that period.

You will find yourself asking - “Why didn’t I know of this?”

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