Parents' Guide to

Ladies First

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring but cautionary docu about woman archer from India.

Movie G 2017 39 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Gender inequality

Themes of gender inequality, family violence, poverty and class differences, mental health in preparation for olympic sporting events, confidence, injury and *spoiler alert* how to deal with losing something you've worked hard towards. A good length for those who'd be distracted by something longer (40m).
age 11+

Reality of gender inequality

This short film teaches kids how girls struggle in other parts of the world just because they are girls. Also, teaches the restrictions in life due to poverty. The mother was beaten by in-laws just because she works outside, and the uncle talks about it with no remorse, which may be a bit shocking for a younger audience.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This short-form documentary about India's best hope for Olympic gold at the Rio games is as inspiring as it is sobering. Ladies First isn't a feel-good story of triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. It doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of Deepika Kumari's background, or from taking India's leadership to task for the way in which aspiring female athletes are given short shrift. Western viewers may be surprised by the pervasive sexist attitudes that remain in parts of a country that beat the U.S. to a female head of state by over 50 years and counting.

Deepika herself is engaging, relatable, and easy to root for -- a genuine role model for anyone with aspirations in the face of tough odds. Her accomplishments are truly remarkable, and her story is far from over. Families will find a lot to admire about a young woman who shows what it takes to excel and to keep going after disappointments and setbacks, and who's willing to give it everything she's got.

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