An inspirational survival story of Deepika Kumari who, as a girl born on the roadside to abject poverty in rural India, went in search of food, stumbled upon archery, and within 4 years became the Number One archer in the World.
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Ladies First tells the story of Deepika Kumari who was born on the roadside to abject poverty in rural India, ventured out on her own at age 12 in search of food and shelter, and stumbled upon archery. Learning that team members were given a meal a day and a roof over their heads, Deepika, who'd never heard of the sport, asked for a tryout. Within four years she became the number one archer in the world, and represented India at two Olympics. We document Deepika's path to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Having to overcome the obstacles of a repressive system, she strives to achieve her dream of becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal. Talent in every country is evenly distributed amongst gender; but opportunities are unfortunately not. In India, we have squandered the unrealized talents of millions of young girls. We hope Deepika's story can help shatter India's tragedy of small expectations for girls and put LADIES FIRST.Written by
Shaana Levy Bahl
Ladies first is about an inspirational survival story of Deepika Kumari who came from poverty and is now an Olympic archer. Ladies first is directed by Uraaz Bahl.
This is a very inspirational film, and a well made film. The direction is very subtle, not as subtle as The Traders. But still subtle and laid back, in a good way. What I found most surprising about this film was its fantastic editing. My favorite moment was when Kumari is in a tense position in an archery game and she is about to fire an arrow. But before it fires it cuts away then fades into another scene, that's simply sublime editing.
However there are some nitpicks about the film that drag the experience of the film down in my opinion. Most importantly, I wanted to know more about Kumari and look deeper into her experiences, some bits just felt like they were there for a brief moment then were never really looked at again. In my opinion this should have been a feature length documentary because I would have loved to know more about the challenges Kumari faced, and the way she overcame them.
Overall a really great film and I recommend it to anybody reading this review.
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