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Gaea Girls

Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams / United Kingdom / 2000 / 106 mins

Friday 3rd February 2017 7.30pm – 9.45pm
The Exchange Bar (The Snug room),
50 Rutland St, Cultural Quarter, Leicester LE1 1RD

A film about courage, transformation and dreams in the extraordinary world of Japanese women’s wrestling. Gaea Girls focuses on the hopes and fears of the beleaguered Gaea Japan squad, whose reputation hangs by a thread after a series of setbacks in the ring. There is the spindly 16-year old who spent three years persuading her parents to let her join, the new recruit who ran away but has returned begging for a second chance, and the rookie desperate to make her debut in the ring. At the centre of the film is the tough but popular trainer who – with her own very particular philosophy and personal history – rules the girls, trying to fashion them in her own image.

Organised by Film Festival Ambassador Laura Musgrave

Part of the Film Festival Ambassador series. Thanks to our dedicated RAI Film Festival Ambassadors, a selection of films from the RAI Film Festival Archive will be screening in universities and community venues across the UK between November 2016 and March 2017.