Interview: ‘LFG’ directors Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine take us behind the scenes of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s fight for equal pay [VIDEO]
Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine have made a career out of documentaries that focus both on the underdog and the clear injustices going on in our world. This wife and husband team were Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary Feature for their film War/Dance in 2007 and won the Documentary Short Subject Academy Award in 2013 for Inocente. They’ve also earned both the Peabody and Emmy Award for their 2013 HBO documentary, Life According to Sam. So why did these very accomplished documentarians turn their attention to women’s sports?
Just as they’ve done in the past, they saw injustice, this time in how the United States women’s national soccer team was compensated when compared to their male counterparts. When the team actually decided to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation, that’s when the pair sprung into action. This was history in the making. No women’s sports team has ever sued for equal compensation in any sport.
LFG chronicles that struggle and we were lucky enough to speak with the directors about the project, how this fight has been going on for quite some time, and what do they hope comes out of making this documentary.
LFG can be seen currently on HBO Max and premiered at the AFI Docs festival this year.
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