In 1997, the National Basketball Association made history by establishing its women’s division, the WNBA. The New York Liberty was the first team to be created in this new league, its ranks bolstered by stars such as Rebecca Lobo and Kym Hampton. Although their first year saw massive success, they, along with other fiercely athletic and accomplished WNBA teams, have faced major obstacles ranging from homophobia to sexism in their path to legitimacy. These obstacles to both the Liberty and the WNBA as a whole are brought to a new light as the new team begins its 2021 season.
Timely and staggering in more ways than one, Unfinished Business is an intimate look at the WNBA, interweaving the rich, untold quarter-century history of this groundbreaking league with the New York Liberty’s dramatic 2021 season. This documentary is essential in a time when women’s sports are fighting to become better recognized, compensated, and respected among a sports-loving public. --Cara Cusumano
After the Premiere Screening: A special appearance and conversation with current and past players of the New York Liberty.
Director Alison Klayman tells timely, intimate stories with larger-than-life figures. Her newest documentary Unfinished Business is a comprehensive look at the WNBA told through the story of one team. Other notable films include Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, The Brink, Jagged and White Hot, which just debuted on Netflix this April.