Tackling racial prejudice on the tennis courtEmerging from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea Gibson became an unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world in the 1950s when she became the first African-American player to compete in a US national tennis competition. Her fame thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement. This documentary, Althea, highlights the extensive obstacles that Gibson was forced to overcome before making the monumental achievement of winning both Wimbledon and the US Open. Director Rex Mille pays homage to one of the first female sports icons and reminds us of a time when the world of professional tennis remained closed off to both women and people of colour. After the screening, Rex will be answering questions from the audience via Skype.
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes.