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Serena and Venus Williams Creating Documentary About the 1971 Women’s World Cup

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*Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams are not just two legendary tennis stars — they also have an agenda: spreading awareness about the need for gender equity in sports.

The two continue to use their platforms and status to highlight this agenda. A few years ago, Serena became part-owner of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Angel City team.

As part of this noble mission, the sisters are currently creating a documentary about the 1971 Women’s World Cup. Dubbed “COPA 71,” the film explores the story behind the most defining moments in the history of sports. Women’s soccer teams from around the world met at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City to compete during the 1971 summer.

The pivotal event attracted approximately 100,000 attendees. At the end of it, Mexico’s team lost to Denmark’s team, which triumphantly returned home with the title.

The event was a significant step in women’s sports, but it was also the last Women’s World Cup since the creation of FIFA in 1991. The event has quite been overlooked, and its significance is undervalued. So it’s the reason the two Williams want to bring it back for posterity. The sisters will be the executive producers of the “COPA 71” project, collaborating with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios imprint. It will feature some little-known footage from the competition.

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In an interview with Variety, Serena said that “Copa 71” tells the story of one of the most inspirational and significant moments in women’s sports history.

“It’s an honor to partner with my sister and Westbrook Studios to help bring this magical story to light, which has been buried for far too long,” she added.

On her part, Venus said she’s excited to “help elevate and empower fellow female athletes and their accomplishments, and to make sure these women have their voices heard through this inspiring documentary.”

“COPA 71” will be directed by James Erskine and Rachel Ramsay. Other executive producers besides Serena and Venus are Isha Price, New Black Films’ Alex Holmes, and Westbrook Studios’ Jon Mone.

The release date for the film has yet to be announced.

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