Here's the first trailer for ESPN Films' Nine for IX – inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX (a 1972 education amendment, also known as the Equal Opportunity in Education Act, which states, in part, that… no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance).
ESPN Films will air a series of nine documentaries, under the label starting this summer, highlighting women in sports – all films directed by women filmmakers.
The 9-film series will include Venus VS, directed by Ava DuVernay, described as "an in-depth documentary that explores tennis star Venus Williams’ fight for fair pay at Wimbledon."
Also, Swoopes – on WNBA star, Sheryl Swoopes – directed by Hannah Storm, which will give audiences "an unfiltered look from the inside out of a woman who achieved great things but had great struggles.”
Shola Lynch, whose latest work, Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, just closed the Pan African Film Festival in LA, will also contribute a film to the series, titled Runner, on long-distance runner Mary Decker, who collided with another runner, knocking her out of the race that was to be the biggest moment of her then life – her Olympic debut in 1984.
ESPN will begin airing the films, with Venus VS, on July 2, through August 27.
For the full lineup of films, click HERE.