How to wrestle with gender norms and win

Nov 18, 2023 | People, Social, Sports, Videos

In a small village in India, Payal Sharma has a dream to become a professional wrestler, but she faces opposition from her community who believe that wrestling is not a sport for women. Against all odds, she finds a role model in Sakshi Malik, the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal, who takes her under her wing and trains her to fight like a girl and win.
But Payal’s story is not unique. For many in her village and in similar circumstances across India, conforming to traditional norms set by parents and communities can mean giving up on their own dreams. In “Third Person,” we follow the story of Payal and other young women on a journey to free themselves from societal expectations and carve out their own paths. With the help of strong female role models, they discover whether they can take control of their own lives and make their own choices.

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