This film will be available for viewing March 6th - 13th
My Name is Ada Hegerberg tells the story of one of the most courageous athletes in the world today. During the height of her career, at the same time she was named best player in the world, Hegerberg made the remarkable decision to step away from the Norwegian national team due to the unequal treatment of the men and women’s teams. This resulted in Hegerberg missing the 2019 Women’s World Cup, one of the most viewed sporting events in the world. The decision not only cost Hegerberg the opportunity to play on the international stage and receive the accompanied lucrative endorsements, but she has withstood relentless criticism from people all over the world.
For the first time in this film, Hegerberg explains her reasoning for making the extraordinary decision and how the resulting aftermath has impacted her life and her family’s lives. Through in-depth interviews and unique access to intimate behind the scene moments, the film explores her background, the foundation built by her parents, and her goals and aspirations. The film captures moments of triumph and despair and peers into the psyche of a female athlete seeking excellence on the pitch in the face of institutional discrimination.
If a male athlete of similar stature chose to sit out of the World Cup for a cause, it would be one of the biggest sports stories in world. The story of Ada Hegerberg is one that has been told superficially in the media. This has led to harsh criticism from analysts, peers and the public. Without this film, Ada’s story may never have been told properly, losing the context and true meaning of one of the more courageous moments in modern sports history.
Following the film, please join us for the How Women Athletes Are Leading the Way on Gender Equality and Racial Justice conversation. More details here.