On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the film The Competition will be broadcast on Rai1. Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and with Keria Knightley in the cast, it tells a true story, that of the group of feminists led by Sally Alexander and the Miss World contest in 1970.

This evening, March 8, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on Rai1 will be broadcast Competition. The film, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and with Keria Knightley in the cast, tells a true story: the attempt by a group of activists and feminists, led by Sally Alexanderto sabotage the contest Miss World in 1970. It was won by the first black woman, Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hosten.

The true story of the film The competition: what happened in 1970

The film Competition is based on a true story and true events during the 1970 Miss World beauty contest, held in London and presented by Bon Hope. The event at the time was one of the most popular, so much so that it counted millions of spectators all over the world. At one point during the race, a group of Women’s Liberation Movement activists, led by Sally Alexander, took to the stage to protest and stir public opinion. The women were then removed and the contest was resumed on a regular basis, but it ended with a historic turning point: the victory of the first black woman, Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hoster. A first place that marked a particularly important milestone for all women.

Who is Sally Alexander, the real-life activist played by Keira Knightley

Sally Alexander, born in 1943, is an English activist. She studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to become an actress when she was 16, then took a degree in history, at Oxford, and began writing for an English radical newspaper, The Black Dwarf. He helped organize the premiere National Women’s Liberation Conference (National Women’s Liberation Conference) of the United Kingdom in 1970, an event described by the British newspaper The Guardian as “the greatest landmark in the history of English women”. Sally Alexander organized the Miss World protest in ’70: under the eyes of millions of people during the coronation ceremony, a group of women threw bombs of flour, tomatoes, to the sound of whistles and rattles.

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The activist then became a professor at the University of East London, taught history at Birkbeck College, and since 2018, according to his Wikipedia profile, he has been a professor of modern history at the University of London, Goldsmiths.

Who was Jo Robinson, American civil rights activist for African Americans

Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, born in Georgia in 1912 and died in August 1992, attended Fort Valley State College and married Wilbur Robinson with whom she lived briefly. Five years later she moved to Atlanta, taught in Texas, at Alabama State College in Montgomery, and in 1949, after being verbally attacked by a chauffeur for sitting in seats reserved for whites, she began her fight for human rights. of women. She approached an association and started a boycott campaign to resist abuse on buses, expressing dissent against racist drivers. She thus became the spokesperson for episodes similar to hers and managed to start the Montgomery bus boycott for which she printed over 50,000 leaflets to gather as many people as possible. She was targeted by acts of intimidation and the boycott lasted over a year, until she and other teachers signed her resignations from Alabama State. In California, she continued to be active in feminist organizations until her retirement in 1976.

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