University of Minnesota

2012 Film Festival

Girls & Women in Sport and Physical Activity The Tucker Center held its second annual Film Festival on  on January 30, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium in the DQ Club Room. The event, presented by the University of Minnesota Athletic Department, kicked off the 26th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) and featured Salaam Dunk. The festival also showed the locally-produced short film, Grappling Girls.

About Salaam Dunk
Basketball is much more than a game in David Fine’s stirring documentary about an Iraqi women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play any sport, it is a blissful release from the realities of a war-torn nation. [WATCH THE TRAILER]

About Grappling Girls
2004 saw the initial appearance of women’s wrestling in the Olympics. for the first time, girls and women around the country experienced international validation of their still controversial presence in the sport. As such, Grappling Girls is a documentary-in-progress about women’s competitive wrestling--an emerging sport in the US.

About the Film Festival
The Tucker Center Film Festival is one of more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sport Day. Congress has proclaimed this national day each year since 1987. It recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women. The Day is organized nationally by the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the National Women's Law Center and the Women's Sport Foundation. 


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