The Queen of Basketball, the documentary short film nominated for an Oscar

Giulia Guido
The Queen of Basketball

It was the 1970s when American basketball was hit by a breath of fresh air called Lusia Harris. Directed by Ben Proudfoot, the documentary The Queen of Basketball traces the career of Lusia, known as “Lucy”, one of the greatest basketball players ever, winner of 3 national trophies and the one who scored the first basket in the history of women’s basketball at the 1976 Olympics.

But her story doesn’t end there. Harris was the first woman chosen in the NBA draft, but she gave it up.
In The Queen of Basketball, it is Lucy herself who speaks while looking into the camera, while archive images alternate and make us relive that basketball that was not yet a show.

The documentary of just over twenty minutes would be touching as it is, but it’s even more touching if we consider the fact that Lusia Harris passed away on January 18th at the age of 66, transforming The Queen of Basketball into a testimony of inestimable value.

Written by Giulia Guido
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