Football is pace meets precision. Brazil-born Marta, the first global star in the women’s game, embodies this notion. She moves, dribbles and scores with lightening speed. Marta is a mix of Brazilian greats Romario and Ronaldinho. Above all, she is a winner. Her laurels include five consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and two Olympic silver medals.
Marta's story is a window into a changing global culture of women's sports. In 1941, women's soccer teams were banned by law in Brazil on the theory that soccer was bad for women of child-bearing age. Reaffirmed by the military dictatorship in 1965, these laws stood until 1979, the same year that the dictatorship offered political amnesty to exiled citizens. No one imagined that the recent U.S. Women's World Cup Championship audience could exceed the penultimate Game #6 of the NBA Finals by 2 million viewers! Nor did Marta start out thinking she would one day become the best in the world.
Despite cultural and financial hurdles, the number of girls playing football in South America and elsewhere is on the rise. SHADOW GAME relates a story that challenges conventional beliefs and defies audiences to walk away unaffected.
Shadow Game sheds new light on forces for change, tolerance, and the value of participation.