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espnW to debut documentary about US Women’s World Cup players this Friday

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Before kicking off the Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer, espnW will debut five new documentaries highlighting gifted female athletes from three different sports including three members of the U.S. Women’s National team, a U.S. Olympic athlete and professional surfer.

Directed by the Mundo sisters, the first three documentaries focusing on the women attending the World Cup will premiere on espnW.com Friday, May 29 with the next two to premiere at a later date.

The documentaries entitled, What Makes Us, are 12-16 minutes in length and explore the athletes in-depth and talk to them about their journey to become a professional athlete as well as what they hope to accomplish during their careers and how they hope to impact future generations.

Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo are Los Angeles based directors who also directed the espnW film, Rowdy Ronda Rousey in 2014.

“Discovering and sharing the stories of where that drive originates – what experiences have forged these women into the champions they are today – is the beauty of the series. And it is a great privilege, in a World Cup year, to share three of these films focused on soccer stars who we will all be watching with great anticipation during the tournament,” said espnW editor-in-chief, Alison Overholt.

The three featured soccer players are Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Verónica Boquete (Spain) going behind the scenes into these women’s lives and how they got to the big stage while dealing with various road blocks and struggles within their own personal journeys.

Following the premiere of the first three documentaries on May 29, espnW will release documentaries featuring Carissa Moore, a professional surfer, on August 3 and Hilary Knight, an Olympic medal winner from the United States.

This series of films are unique in their perspective of these influential female athletes and calls attention to the difficulty women face in sports even today and hopes to lead to changes within these various communities before one of the largest sporting events that focuses solely on women, the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

 

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