Three people yelling in a red-tinted light.

Life Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning

(Life Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning)

Gender norms are reflected even in elite sport. Who has historically been excluded from the Olympics and other sports events? And who is being pushed out to the margins today?

The film tackles these questions using novel artistic means. The narrators are athletes who travel in time and delve into archive footage, in order to come face to face with notable non-normative female runners and athletes from the last century whom history has forgotten. Slowly, parallels appear between their situation and the current discrimination against transgender female athletes, as well as the difficult position of queer women in sports overall. The group guiding us through the film offers a utopian alternative by forming a collective body that finds strength in connection and collaboration. This strength is complemented by the stylised collective scenes and the energetic music heard at the beginning and the end.

Bio Oko, Františka Křížka 460/15, Praha 7

Lea Petříková, Moderator
Julia Fuhr Mann, Director

Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Praha 1

Vojtěch Ondráček, Journalist
TitleLife Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning
Original TitleLife Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning
Original LanguageEnglish, German
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginGermany
Length79 min.
Tags LGBTQ+, Lifestyle, Europe
Director Julia Fuhr Mann

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