Teenage girls, football and freedom
00 hours 35 mins
What changes when a girls' football initiative begins to claim open public spaces to play in Mumbra, a far-flung suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan region? Quite a lot actually!
For women and girls occupying open public space in the city to play is an act of feminist claim staking. This film follows the Parcham women's football team as they play and coach a younger generation of girls, in the process transforming not just the way they see themselves and their bodies but potentially transforming the way we see our cities.
"The film underscores the need for constant negotiation – with parents, the girls themselves, local municipal authorities, even the local boys who regarded the ground as their territory. Once on the ground, the girls need to be coaxed into being freer with their bodies and their lungs. As one of the coaches interviewed in the film points out, girls are taught to be submissive and dainty. They are constantly being told to rein themselves in. Under the Open Sky is proof that they actually need to be set free."
Read more about this inspiring tale from the Scroll.in.