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Category: Woman

Documentary 1h 16m 2022

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Sport has a long, insidious history of policing female athletes’ bodies. Who is a woman and who gets to decide? When 18-year-old South African runner Caster Semenya burst onto the world stage in 2009, her championship was not celebrated, but instead she came under invasive public scrutiny, and her personal medical records were leaked to international media. With some women’s naturally high androgen levels deemed a performance advantage, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (now World Athletics) ruled that in order to compete, these female athletes must medically alter their healthy bodies. Category: Woman focuses on four athletes from the Global South who are forced out of competition by these regulations, the devastation to their bodies, and lives. The public scrutiny and policing of their bodies raises issues of racism, sexism and denial of the most fundamental right—to who they are.

Director

Phyllis Ellis

Producer

Howard Fraiberg

Producer

Phyllis Ellis

Languages

English, Hindi, Swahili

Subtitles

English

Country

Canada

Bonus Content

Director Phyllis Ellie in conversation with Anne Lieberman

33m

Q&A with Anne Lieberman from Athlete Ally, in conversation with Category: Woman director Phyllis Ellis

Director Phyllis Ellis in conversation with Dr. Payoshni Mitra

37m

Q&A with Dr. Payoshni Mitra from CEO, Global Observatory for Gender Equality and Sport and Director & Trustee, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, in conversation with Category: Woman director Phyllis Ellis

Director Phyllis Ellis in conversation with Minky Worden

35m

Q&A with Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch, in conversation with Category: Woman director Phyllis Ellis

Director Phyllis Ellis in conversation with athlete Annet Negesa