About Venus vs.
- Year Released:
- Directed by Ava DuVernay
A Call to Action - Ava DuVernay and AFFRM
DuVernay goes back to her beginnings in documentary to trace Venus Williams’ courageous call for financial parity in professional tennis. Taking her lead from pioneering tennis champion Billie Jean King, Williams was instrumental in influencing officials at Wimbledon and the French Open to award equal prize money to both men and women players. In 2007, Williams won the women’s single title at Wimbledon, becoming the first woman to benefit from this change of policy, earning the same amount as Roger Federer, her male counterpart. Produced for ESPN’s Nine for IX, Venus VS
premiered this year at the Los Angeles Film Festival. (HD Cam presentation)
Director Ava DuVernay is scheduled to be present.