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Ladies' Turn

By Hélène Harder
2012 – France – 65 min
June 4 | 7:00 p.m.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is proud to present a screening of the film Ladies' Turn to coincide with the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, starting on June 7.

In Senegal, where “soccer is king” – and a sport traditionally reserved for men – the Ladies’ Turn Association organizes a women’s soccer tournament on community fields – prime public spaces in the heart of Senegalese neighborhoods. As the games start, women take the field, occupying a social space from which they are normally excluded. This displacement of territory does not occur without conflict: the new visibility of women sparks reactions, provokes resistance, and reflects changes that go well beyond soccer. Defying taboos and prejudices, the women's teams play for a growing audience. Beyond their desire to win, their ultimate goal is a more important victory in an African Muslim society in flux.

In French and Wolof with English subtitles.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Jennifer Bianca Browning, moderated by Mikael Garnier-Lavalley, Sport Counsellor at the French Embassy. Jennifer Bianca Browning is a founding member of Ladies’ Turn, a non-profit in Senegal promoting women's soccer and leadership. In 2009, while living in Senegal, she worked with Seyni Ndir Seck, the captain of the Senegalese national women's soccer team, and other local leaders to organize the first Ladies' Turn tournament.