Ladies First was released on Netflix on the International Women’s Day. It is India’s first Netflix Original Documentary. The film made by Shaana Levy and Uraaz Bahl has been executive produced by two time Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Netflix will be releasing the film globally on its streaming service to viewers in over 190 countries. It will also have subtitles in multiple languages.
The Ladies First Documentary
The documentary short tells the inspirational story of Deepika Kumari. Who, as a girl born on the roadside to abject poverty in rural India, went in search of food and stumbled upon archery. Within four years she became the number one archer in the world. Watch the trailer here:
At 12, Deepika left home to find a better future. Searching for food and shelter, she happened upon a government-backed program for archery. Learning that team members got a meal a day and a roof over their heads. Deepika, who’d never heard of archery, asked for a tryout. Weak and malnourished, she failed miserably. She begged for time to learn and another chance. Through hard work and determination, by age 17, she ranked number one in the world and was on her way to the London 2012 Olympics to represent her country.
A young Girl’s Dream
The filmmakers 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, they have squandered the unrealized talents of millions of young girls. The filmmakers hope Deepika’s story can help shatter India’s tragedy of small expectations for girls and put ladies first.
Ladies First documentary will highlight the social and physical obstacles preventing women from participating in sports. Even if these girls don’t become athletes, sports have the power to inspire confidence, self-esteem, team building, endurance, and gender equality. As Deepika says:
“Sports has taught me an important lesson to never give up and keep fighting no matter what.”