Deepika Kumari was born in desperate poverty in rural India, but a chance encounter with archery eventually led her to compete in the Olympics.
A new documentary tells the story of Kumari. “Ladies First” takes a journey from her village, discovering a passion and a talent for archery, to the competitions that take her around the world. She won international competitions in Mexico, the US, and China. In 2016, Kumari competed to become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in any sport.
This documentary short film that was submitted for the 2017 Academy Awards.
The inspiring story of “Ladies First” was directed by Uraaz Bahl and produced by Shaana Levy-Bahl.
India has long been criticized for failing to act in abuses and violence against women. The government has made great strides in recent years to turn things around and to protect the rights of women and children. Because of these efforts, women are starting to move into positions of prominence in politics, athletics, technology, and more.
For more information about the film, you can visit the official page here.