Centerpiece: Copa 71
Director Rachel Ramsay is expected to attend
Rousing and infuriating, Copa 71 unearths 50-year-old footage of the forgotten women’s World Cup series that took place in Mexico in 1971. Six countries participated—Argentina, Denmark, England, France, Italy, and Mexico—and the filmmakers interview representatives from each team to reflect on the difficulties they encountered as female athletes as well as the tremendous joy they got from playing. Interspersed with their recollections are thrilling sequences of the matches themselves as well as the sexist and short-sighted legislation and opinions of powerful organizations like FIFA that tried to keep the women off the field. Executive produced by Serena and Venus Williams, who understand a thing or two about women in sports, Copa 71 reclaims and recenters a pivotal event in athletic history and will hopefully provoke change in a domain where white men still hold much of the power.
Rachel Ramsay is an English producer and director. She has produced several sports-based films with director James Erskine including Le Mans 3D (2017), Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017), and The End of the Storm (2020). Copa 71 is her co-directorial debut.
James Erskine is an English writer and director with multiple feature and documentary credits including Le Mans 3D (2017), Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017), and The End of the Storm (2020) made with producer/director Rachel Ramsay. Additional credits include One Night in Turin (2010), Shooting for Socrates (2014), and Billie (2019). Copa 71 is his latest film.
Premiere Bay Area
Director Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine
Executive Producer Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Alex Holmes, Jon Mone, Isha Price, Caroline Currier, Oli Harbottle, Alex Morgan
Producer Victoria Gregory, Jannat Gargi, Anna Godas
Editor Angela Neil, Alex Roa, Maggie Olkuska, Gabriel Pomeraniec, John Halliday, Tim Metzger
Cinematographer Angela Neil, Alex Roa, Maggie Olkuska, Gabriel Pomeraniec, John Halliday, Tim Metzger
Music Rob Lord
Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.
Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.