The Belcourt Theatre Presents A Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports
In the days leading up to the NCAA Women’s Final Four tournament in Nashville, the Belcourt Theatre will celebrate girls and women in sports with three film screenings. This event marks the Belcourt’s first screening partnership with Casa Azafran.
Free Public Screening
Sunday, March 29, 4:00pm at Casa Azafran
IN THE GAME (a work-in-progress screening)
Directed by Maria Finitzo
Set in Chicago, the documentary IN THE GAME follows the ups and downs of an inner city girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. It is not a film about the scrappy underdog sports team that, through hard work and persistence, wins the championship. The girls’ coach, Stan, would like to see his team win a game. But more importantly, he’s using soccer to teach the girls how to win in life.
Free Public Screening
Wednesday, April 2, noon at the Belcourt Theatre
Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters
On April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, did the unimaginable and announced her resignation from the University of Tennessee. On the very same day, her son, Tyler, was hired as an assistant for the Marquette women’s basketball team, his first job out of college. While the sports world reeled from the news of Pat’s early-onset dementia, the coach and her son quietly set out to beat this challenge just as they had every other – with grace, humor and, most of all, each other.
Public Screening (regular ticket prices)
Thursday, April 3, 7:00pm at the Belcourt Theatre
Directed by David Fine
Before joining the team, most of the women on the basketball team at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) had never been running before. Many had never played sports. None had ever been on a team with other women. They came from all corners of Iraq to attend this prestigious school, but many cannot tell family back home they go to an “American” university. Through traditional interviews and private confessional video diaries, SALAAM DUNK follows the ethnically diverse AUIS women’s basketball team as they discover what it means to be athletes. From the joy of their first win to the pain of losing the coach who started their team, the film gives a glimpse into an Iraq we don’t see on the news.
A catered reception will be held at 6:30pm.
Immediately following the film, Yousra Kamoona, a player featured in the film, will join the audience for a Q&A.
Wednesday, February 5, 4:30pm at Wright Middle School
Thursday, February 20, 4:30pm at Apollo Middle School
Shadya Zoabi is like many typical 17-year-old girls. She listens to music and hangs out with her friends. But unlike other girls, Shadya is a karate world champion, a feminist in a male dominated culture, and a Muslim Arab who is also an Israeli. This film is her story, as Shadya journeys from teenage girl to woman, from daughter to wife, and from one family to another.