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Sneak Peek: Venus & Serena Williams Break Barriers In An Upcoming Documentary

Submitted by on April 2, 2013 – 12:06 pmOne Comment

Here’s a documentary you are sure to love.

The story of Venus and Serena Williams’ ascension from the streets of Compton to the top of the tennis world is explored in the upcoming project, Venus and Serena. Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, the documentary “takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but dominating the women’s game for over a decade. The film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top.”

For filmmakers Baird and Major, scoring access to the Williams sisters wasn’t easy. But, like their subjects, they didn’t let any obstacles stand in their way. “They are very insulated,” Major told Ebony. “And I commend them for that. Otherwise, the outside world would just eat them alive. They’ve all been raised to be incredibly protective of each other. The main reason we were allowed to do the film is that we were persistent. We started asking in 2007, didn’t get them to agree until 2010, and weren’t able to start until 2011.”

Set to be released via iTunes on April 4 and in theaters on May 10, Major is convinced Venus and Serena will dazzle audiences. “Everybody wants to know about them and nobody really understands or knows them that well,” said Major. “So we thought that by spending as much time with them as we could, we could get a closer look into how these amazing women live day to day and what makes them stand out, and to tell the story of who they are.”

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