Copa '71

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 soccer 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. With the recent discovery of footage from that event, filmmakers Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine track down the players from across Europe and Latin America. For decades, these women scarcely had a chance to tell their story. But what a story they have to tell of battles on and off the field.The women were experiencing breakthroughs not only in sports, but also in understanding power, liberation, and self-fulfillment. With the support of Olympic gold medalists Brandi Chastain and Alex Morgan, who are interviewed, and Serena and Venus Williams, who serve as executive producers, Copa ’71 is both an emotional, action-packed sports story and a liberating outlet for the brave women who took part.

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    United States
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    91 minutes
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  • Director:
    James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay
  • Screenwriter:
    James Erskine, Victoria Gregory, Rachel Ramsay
  • Producer:
    Victoria Gregory, Jannat Gargi, Anna Godas
  • Executive Producer:
    Jon Mone, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Alex Holmes, Alex Morgan, Isha Price, Caroline Currier, Oli Harbottle
  • Cast:
    Brandi Chastain, Nicole Mangas, Silvia Zaragoza
  • Editor:
    Arturo Calvete, Mark Roberts

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