Life Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning Unclassified 18+

Marathon runner Annet Negesa in a fluorescent pink athletic singlet in a still from the hybrid documentary Life Is Not a Competition, But I’m Winning, 2023.
25 July
Arc Cinema
Dir: Julia Fuhr Mann, Unclassified 18+, Germany, 2023, 79mins, DCP, Subtitled

If history is written by the victors, where does that leave those who were never allowed to be part of the game? 

In the Athens Olympic Stadium, a collective of queer athletes set out to honour those excluded from a place on the winners’ podium. The subjects of this hybrid documentary include Amanda Reiter, a trans marathon runner up against the prejudices of sports organisers, and Annet Negesa, an 800-metre runner urged by international sports federations to undergo hormone-altering surgery. 

Created by a crew comprising women and queer people only, Life Is Not a Competition, But I’m Winning presents a radical vision of queer community that celebrates strength and unity.

‘…a lively, eye-opening work celebrating women, black and queer athletes who have triumphed against considerable odds’ – Screen Daily



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