Raise the Bar

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Film Info
Country Listing:Iceland
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
European Cultures & Issues
Gender & Sexuality
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Gudjon Ragnarsson
Producer(s):Margret Jonasdottir
Outi Rousu
Executive Producer(s):Hilmar Sigurdsson
Editor(s):Jakob Halldorsson
Writer(s):Gudjon Ragnarsson
Margret Jonasdottir
Cinematography:Gudjon Ragnarsson
Tomas Marshall
Sound:Pietari Koskinen


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How controversial can one basketball team of eight-year-old girls be? Very. In 2016, an Icelandic coach decided to train his youngsters unconventionally: he would build mental and technical champions able to channel inner feelings into top physical results and instruct each team member not only as a skilled individual but as a leader as well. Essentially, he parented each preteen girl into an empowered young woman. It worked. The team quickly dominated their own league, so they asked to play against boys. For a country that prides itself on gender parity, Iceland's sports culture hadn't gotten the message. Protests led to front-page news, but the girls pressed on, took up space and used their voices to question the rules. When they took their next shot at a championship game, however, they had to reach deeper than ever into their training to find the final line and, shockingly, cross it. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with Canadian Sport Film Festival

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