AFRICA DDB, Sao Paulo / SPORTV / 2021
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Cultural / Context information for the jury
We're in 2021 and there is a group of female athletes banned from participating in official sports competitions because
they have natural testosterone levels above average.
When they tried to regain their rights not just to compete,
But to recover their rights to work. Their rights to do what they love, the Court of Arbitration of Sports states that: "Discrimination is a necessary and reasonable means".
This is shameful.
Ordinary people must get together, stand up and fight to put the decision-makers on the right side of history.
Sex Testing had many faces since the beginning of the 20th century:
from gender ID cards to gynecological exams.
From Barr tests to chromosome analysis.
The new chapter of this constant bigotry is happening right now.
Before Tokyo Olympics.
No woman should have to prove that she is a woman.
Differences should be celebrated not discriminated against.
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Until the Olympic Games of Mexico in 1968, many women were examined to prove they were a woman. The IOC and World Athletics made female athletes walk nude in front of physicians and then be examined to verify the presence of female genitalia and other sex characteristics.
The tone of this film must be very sensitive, capturing the emotion of the actress and not showing her full-frontal at all.
The film starts with a door.
We are inside a very cold room.
It’s almost empty with lots of space and a table at the end
with apparently two doctors.
We hear a very intimidating and strong male voice:
We see a door opening.
A woman is entering a room.
She is an athlete. A very confident one.
Very feminine and athletic woman.
There is no doubt that she is a woman.
She sees a sign
"IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations".
Without introducing or any explanation,
the doctor goes straight to the point.
Registration number 913.
Is that correct?
913, you are here to perform a gender verification test.
Approved by International Athletics Association.
What is your gender?
She does not understand. Two doctors nod.
She has mixed feelings.
Kind of confused but scared at the same time.
I'm a woman.
What kind of question is that?
She freezes up.
Are you sure?
Remove your upper clothes.
The athlete, very embarrassed, starts to take off her jacket.
She starts to get scared.
The sound completely shuts off all the noise.
Whenever we're scared, our senses improve.
We just hear every detail of her movement.
Slowly she takes off her t-shirt.
She never saw those two men before in her life.
Now, she is with her bra in front of them.
She is not comfortable at all.
Probably is one of the worst situations of her life.
While the dialogue evolves, she looks down and avoids visual contact.
All of it.
Seriously? WTF is going on here?
She hesitates. But in the end, she obeys.
But her face tells it all.
She just wants to fly out there.
Opens her bra.
As an instinct, she covers up her chest.
She's far, far away to be relaxed.
The tension starts to escalate.
Open your arms.
She doesn't want to.
Now, she starts to get angry.
Want to kill those men.
Her mind is at light speed.
While she tries to figure out what to do.
The doctor's voice storms her brain again.
OPEN YOUR ARMS!
She opens her arms.
She is very scared and very humiliated but does as they say.
The second doctor looks at her and takes notes.
Remove all your clothes.
Her face blushes and her eyes start to get wet.
She's very scared. Takes her clothes off.
So the audience can feel the same anticipation and anxiety
that the athlete is feeling.
She is completely naked.
That's it. There is nothing else she can do.
She is infuriated.
We sense that she will explode.
She has her back to the doctors.
She can't see anything right now.
Put your hands on the floor without bending the knees.
We're in hell right now.
She's just an athlete that loves to practice sport.
She's there to compete.
But now, she's being treated like she's in a prison.
Like she committed a crime.
What world is that?
What are those people?
Who in full conscience would do this to another human being?
For the first time, she looks at the doctor straight in the eye.
She does as they say.
No one should ever go through that situation.
Are you a woman?
We see her face.
Her eyes are watery.
She never was so humiliated before.
Are you sure about that?
The doctors take note.
Finally, it's over.
She turns around.
Try to pick her clothes.
The doctor looks at her.
No, it's not.
We start to hear a very scary sound.
It's the sound of terror.
She just looks in the direction of the sound.
She opens her eyes.
We see the second doctor pushing a gynecological stretcher.
This was just the beginning and the horror is far from ending.
While the athlete looks at the scene, a document is written on the screen.
LETTERING IN TYPEWRITER:
“Subject: Gender Verification Issue
International Athletic Association’s protocol involves measuring and palpating the clitoris, vagina, and labia, as well as evaluating breast size and pubic hair scored on an illustrated five-grade scale."
The document stays on the screen with her face in the background.
Fade to black.
The first notes of "Nuvole Bianche" from Ludovico Einaudi start to play. The letterings appear as we hear the music.
To compete, many female athletes had to prove that they were women. Men didn't.
The method has changed.
But some athletes still have to prove that they're women.
Since May 2019, women that naturally produce more than 5nmol/L of testosterone are not considered women by the World Athletics.
They can't run, can't work, and can't compete in Tokyo 2020.
Let's stop sex discrimination in sports.
Enter Let Her Run logo with the voice-over of the sports narrator:
"Here she goes, on her way once again.
Just to requote her: "I just want to run naturally, she says.
I'm a woman. And I just happen to run quickly."
Enter logo SporTV with the tagline:
Fighting for Equality in Sports
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