United States / United Kingdom 2014, 83 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
The match took place 41 years ago, but its impact on tennis can still be felt today. Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs: two world class champions. She was a determined feminist, sharp, fearless and well-spoken. He was a sexist provocateur, who enjoyed hollering into every microphone he could that “women belong in the kitchen” and “their job is to serve their man, their king”. The “Battle of the Sexes” on the tennis court took place at the height of the feminist struggle in the United States, when the streets were packed with women eager to join the women’s liberation movement. But at the time, advertising only showed women cooking or ironing for their husbands, and journalists still asked successful women about how their husbands deal with their careers. Legendary feminists and equally legendary women from the world of tennis talk about their (ongoing) struggle for equality and the political baggage that King brought to the game, which changed the world of women’s sports forever.
Previous Festivals: Edinburgh International Film Festival