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Copa 71 (PG)

Absorbing documentary about the 1971 Women’s World Cup in Mexico City.

In 1971, women’s football teams from all over the world gathered in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium to compete in front of more than 100,000 spectators. It was the last women’s World Cup until the official FIFA event 20 years later. Dismissed by the male-dominated football associations around the world, the event was written out of history—until now.

Copa 71 is a revolutionary political parable that goes beyond football. ★★★★★” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Part of Acts of Rebellion, a season of films celebrating the rule breakers and changemakers who challenge the norm and fight to make society a better place. 

  • DIRECTOR: Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine 
  • CAST: Elvira Aracen, Brandi Chastain, Birte Kjems 
  • LANGUAGE: English


All screenings of Copa 71 will be preceded by the short film Y Si Eres Mujer,curated by archive activists Invisible Women.

Y Si Eres Mujer

  • DIRECTOR: Guadalupe Sánchez
  • DURATION: 7 mins

How do social expectations of gender and sexuality affect the way girls and women move through the world? In the colourful pop art-inflected stop-motion Y si eres mujer? Guadalupe Sánchez Sosa explores how these divisions are built from birth, tracing a line from pink ribbons and frilly dresses to bridal magazines, advertising and gendered violence, although a final blast of subversive protest imagery reminds us of the possibility of transgression.

BFI / BD2025 / Pictureville / National Lottery