By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey
San Telmo Productions‘ feature length documentary Goals for Girls (Mujeres con pelotas, “Women with Balls” in Spanish) premiered May 8th after touring the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival the previous month, and has garnered some very positive reviews from the local and international press alike, including being covered by all major TV channels (rare for a small film) and invited to two talk shows on TV. The film has received acclaim for drawing attention to the oft ignored subject of women’s football association in Argentina, as experienced in particular through the lens of the all-female shantytown team ‘Las Aliadas’. The film has been declared of interest by the Argentine goverment for promiting human rights.
The Buenos Aires Herald called the movie “a skillfully shot documentary that scores big time when it comes to addressing a largely ignored theme that could use much more exposure“. The Argentina Independent said the film “makes its strongest point when it allows the football to do the talking. Extended montages of ‘Las Aliadas’ training are a real highlight” and that “watching them is perhaps the most effective way to change sexist attitudes — one goal at a time“.
The movie will receive a 3:05 PM screening on June 8th at Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE, where it will be followed by a panel discussion on women’s football in the UK, where “it still lags far behind the men’s game in terms of investment, sponsorship and media coverage” according to Amnesty International UK. The movie was previous shown at the 36th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which was held in La Habana, Cuba, from December 4 to 14th, 2013.
Following the film’s commercial release, directors Gabriel Balanovsky and Ginger Gentile organized a special screening at Villa 31, the shantytown from where ‘Las Aliadas’ hail. The movie is currently in its second week of release, with screenings in Gaumont Cinema and Centro Cultural San Martín in Buenos Aires, as well as screenings in the provinces of Córdoba, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Santa Cruz.
Video of the premier, click on “cc” for English subitles:
Buenos Aires Herald review: http://goo.gl/FxDlQm
Argentina Independent review: http://goo.gl/BNAqLQ
San Telmo Productions website: http://goo.gl/UYKFJu