Family Time: Copa 71 PG

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This film was last shown on 13 July 2024

The week’s Family Time gives all ages an opportunity to give documentary a try, through exciting archive footage of the matches and interviews with the women who played, you’ll be inspired to fill your summer with sport!

It is August 1971. Football teams from England, Argentina, Mexico, France, Denmark and Italy are gathering at Mexico City’s sun-drenched Azteca Stadium. The scale of the tournament is monumental: lavish sponsorship, extensive TV coverage, merchandise on every street corner and crowds of over 100,000 hollering fans turn this historic stadium into ‘a cauldron of noise and heat’ match after match. A fawning media treat the players like rock stars. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the greatest moments in international footballing history.

But this is a tournament unlike anything that’s happened before. The players on the pitch are all women. And it’s likely you’ve never even heard of it. This is Copa 71, the unofficial Women’s World Cup. Dismissed by both FIFA and domestic football associations around the world, this event has been entirely written out of history. Until now.

Copa 71 is rated PG, as it features discrimination, mild sex references and bad language. For fans of Bend it Like Beckham, Mulan, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Family Time screenings are relaxed and feature subtitles and low-level lighting for accessibility and comfort for all. All tickets are £5. Please find more information about Family Time here.

F-Rated: Co-directed by Rachel Ramsay

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Director
James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay
Year
2023
Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Language
English

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