Women in Film 2019 | A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem


A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem

Dir. Yu Gu | 80 min | 2019 | PG13 (Brief Coarse Language)

"At the heart of it all, A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem is about women who are brave enough to stand up and rebel against the only community that they’ve known since childhood in order to do what’s right. They stand up against a toxic tradition, a multi-billion, male-dominated corporation, and the religious fervor of America’s favorite pastime. They said no, I will no longer be exploited and these are not my values." - Yu Gu

A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem shines a spotlight on the NFL and its practices around wage theft and illegal employment of cheerleaders. Director Yu Gu follows several former cheerleaders, sharing both their legal and personal struggles as they fight for minimum wage and end 50 years of inequality inflicted by the NFL.

The film takes us on a journey focusing on an historic class-action lawsuit that cheerleaders were finally able to bring against the NFL. The subjects of the film inspire each other to take on this seemingly insurmountable battle, and share a story that is more timely than ever. Their fight for wage and gender equality epitomizes many of the challenges faced by working women in all sectors today.

· Emerging Filmmaker Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
· Screened – Tribeca Film Festival 2019


Post-Screening Discussion with Kelly Leow & Shailey Hingorani

Kelly Leow is Communications Manager at AWARE, Singapore's leading gender-equality non-profit. Previously, she was Deputy Editor of the quarterly independent film publication MovieMaker Magazine, overseeing both print and web properties in Los Angeles, California. While at MovieMaker, she served on various film festival juries, including New Orleans Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival and Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. For Singapore International Film Festival's 2018 edition, Kelly was editor of the Festival Guide and a speaker for the festival's Youth Jury & Critics Programme. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English.

Shailey Hingorani is the Head of Research and Advocacy for AWARE. Before joining AWARE, she worked on women’s rights and child rights in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the United States. She has worked with the Open Society Foundations, the FXB-Harvard Center for Health and Human Rights, the Indian Mission to the United Nations, Save the Children, and the Bloomberg Initiative. Shailey was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University where she received a Master’s in Public Administration.

About the filmmaker

Yu Gu is a filmmaker and visual artist born in Chongqing, China and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Her previous films include A Moth In Spring and Who Is Arthur Chu?. Her latest film, A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film festival.


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About Women in Film & Photography 2019

Women in Film is part of Objectifs' annual Women in Film and Photography showcase. In recent years, communities across the world have responded to enduring social, gender, racial and economic inequality through collective actions such as #Metoo, the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter. At the heart of it, such movements are often fueled by anger and frustration at an ostensible lack of political will or means to effect systemic change.

Our fifth edition Women in Film presents the Singapore premiere of five international feature films that demonstrate how women filmmakers have created works that speak to local and global concerns, exploring how rage against discrimination, repression and injustice can be channeled into a force for awareness, action and change through art. Co-curated by Leong Puiyee and Kelly Leow.

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