Women can't play sports. If you are unfortunate enough in life, you'd hear this sentence enough number of times. Things were moving forward towards a global change as Real Madrid bought a women's football team CD Tacón, confirming the merger in July 2020. Producers Ana Pastor and Tomas Pastor set out to make a four-part documentary series, Un Sueño Real (A Real Dream) on this alliance, right after hints about the purchase dropped in 2019.
In an interview with Variety, Tomas said, "I was reading about the impact this would have on women’s soccer and it’s going to be huge. It will impact the academies as well as women’s soccer around the world."
The series was to follow the merger closely, but unfortunately, the pandemic struck. The production was paused, and, more importantly, the football season was halted. The narrative of the documentary shifted from talking about the deal to the lives of the team members in isolation. Also, sadly, this pandemic has exposed how the women's team and the men's team are treated differently by Real Madrid amid the pandemic.
Ana Pastor said, "The men’s team were able to resume training in May, but the female leagues had to cancel any competition. As filmmakers, we really got to see the disparity between genders. Even in training, you can see how Sergio Ramos who is the captain for the men’s Real Madrid team has a home gym and can train. If you compare the women’s training, they’re at home training with bottles of water for weights. So, we were really able to bring that to light."
President of production house Exile Content, Daniel Eilemberg has also weighed in on the matter. "It was a difficult production challenge and one we had to learn how to contend with, but it’s an interesting turn of events within the series and we get to highlight how the sport treats men and women," Daniel said.
The series will now navigate various topics such as parenting, politics, LGBTQ rights and anxiety.
Tomas revealed, "In one episode, we had a moment with Isa Moreno (Midfielder) she has a conversation with her mother where she says, "Mom, you didn’t want me to play soccer as a kid." That would never happen with little boys, so we caught nice moments like that."
Ana added another anecdote from the doc. "There’s a little girl asking why they don’t have women in football cards, and they don’t. The cards only feature men. So, her mother creates these stickers with women players just for her. We were recording that moment, but what happened, since we made the documentary, they have the cards."
"It’s really a new phase in women’s soccer and that’s what the documentary will show — the genesis of this team," she added.
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