A WOMAN’S WORK gives a voice and recognition to the National Football League’s other on-field performers: its cheerleaders. Filmmaker Yu Gu (WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?, CAAMFest 2017 Centerpiece Film) follows two former NFL cheerleaders who sued the multibillion-dollar sports juggernaut for fair wages.
Gu chronicles the efforts of Lacy and Maria, two cheerleaders from opposite coasts, as they navigate a legal minefield after filing class-action lawsuits and weather a storm of criticism from football fans, the sports industry, the media and their community.
The film presents deeply woven personal and professional portraits that go beyond a discussion of women in the workplace. It captures the strength, frustration and devastation of these professionals, and it reveals the transgressions of an industry that has taken advantage of the tradition of cheerleading and the history of its sisterhood.
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