Audience award goes to "Das Wunder von Taipeh"

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The audience award "Goldene 11" went to "Das Wunder von Taipeh”, by the Cologne-based filmmaker John David Seidler. The documentary tells the amazing story of women’s team SSG 09 Bergisch-Gladbach; completely unexpected, they won the women’s World Cup in 1981 in Taipei / Taiwan as unofficial German national team.

“This film is a must for every German football fan. Because it tells the story about how long - indeed! football is loved by women in this country, how it has been their lived experience, how it did or did not work out. And this story is told with wonderful archive material and on the basis of the pioneer’s memories,” says Birger Schmidt, the festival director.

Petra Landers, a player from the world champion women's team at the time, attended the film screening in the Babylon cinema and afterwards reported on her many years of experience in a female footballer's life: "We women are responsible for demanding what we want!

"Das Wunder von Taipeh" is already the second documentary about the German national women's team to win the Audience Award at 11mm. In 2008 Britta Becker received the Golden 11 in Berlin for her world championship observation "Die besten Frauen der Welt". Last year, the audience award also went to a film about soccer-playing women, when the Iranian feature film "Aragh-e-Sard" by Soheil Beiraghi was at the top of the audience's favour.