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ECFA Award Winner

Raise the Bar

English title: Raise the Bar
Original title: Hækkum rána
German title: Raise the Bar *
Iceland, 2021

Director: Ragnarsson, Gudjon
Production company: Saga Film, Pystymetsä
Age recommendation: 9 years and up
Length: 70 min.
Film genre: Documentary

In 2015 a basketball team for girls was formed in Iceland. The coach was experienced, unconditional and constantly raised the bar. The girls were trained as leaders off the field and like professional athletes on the field. Early on they set their goal high, they would always compete with the best team and with that ambition they were victorious both competing in girls’ and boys’ tournaments. Until they no longer were allowed to compete with the boys. This is a story of 8–13-year-old girls, who wanted to change the paradigm in women’s basketball in Iceland. With great sacrifice, they faced the challenges they met.

Filem'on CFF Brussels 2021 (ECFA Award), Oulu CFF 2021 (awarded), ECFA Documentary Award 2022, Kristiansand CFF 2022, Kids Kino CFF Warsaw 2022, KinderDocs Athens 2023, Leeds Young FF 2024

Website: sagafilm.is/film/raise-the-bar/

ECFA interview available

Study guide: Finnish

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