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JOAN BAEZ: I AM A NOISE – MOVING INDOORS DUE TO UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER!

  • bike friendly
  • food vendors on-site
  • live music
  • picnics allowed

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Miantonomi Memorial Park
120 Hillside Ave, Newport, RI 02840


ABOUT THE FILM: It is August 1971. Teams from England, Argentina, Mexico, France, Denmark, and Italy gathered in Mexico City for a watershed soccer tournament: lavish sponsorship, extensive TV coverage, merchandise on every street corner, and over 100,000 roaring fans turned the historic Azteca stadium into a cauldron of noise while a fawning media treated the players like rock
stars. This was the greatest show on earth but, despite being one of the most ground-breaking moments in soccer history, you’ve probably never heard of it. And why? Because the players were all women, and the heroic event that unfolded has been sidelined from history – until now.

COPA 71 is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary tournament – told through the voices of those who lived it: fearless women from across the globe to whom today’s players, be they superstars like Megan Rapinoe, Lucy Bronze and Marta, or a young girl playing in her local park, owe so much.

The tournament was the flame that lit the touchpaper for the explosion of women’s soccer around the globe – the catalyst that led to the 2015 Women’s World Cup final gaining TV audiences in America larger than the NBA final.

In spite of the fact that the blazer-wearing men of soccer associations around the world waged a war on women’s soccer from the 1920s, and that soccer’s governing body tried to stop Copa ‘71 from happening at all, this remarkable event is believed to be the highest-ever attendance for a women’s sporting event – and at 100,000+ it is a record that will likely never be broken. Through
recently uncovered and never-seen archive and compelling contemporary interviews, the film revels in the excitement, passion and humor of this inexplicably well-kept secret.

With cinematic flair, an original score and a thumping ‘70s soundtrack driven by female singer-songwriters including Carole King, Nancy Sinatra, Kiki Dee, Koko Taylor and Lara Saint Paul, COPA 71 sets the players’ personal stories within the context of women’s liberation movement in the ‘60s through to present day in England, Italy, France, Argentina, Denmark, and Mexico.

 


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5:00 PM : Venue Opens
6:30 PM: Live Music by Randy Robbins
7:45 PM: Film Begins
Rain Venue : Rain Venue: Casino Theatre (10 Freebody St, Newport) Please note that indoor venues are more limited in capacity than our outdoor venues and seating at our indoor rain venues is first come first served! We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the film.
Food Vendors: Boru, Rising Tide BBQ, Clara's Cart, Java Jai Coffee Co
Parking : Street parking will be available
Run time: 90 minutes
Directors: Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine
Producers: Victoria Gregory, Jannat Gargi, Anna Godas
COPA 71
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