Unraveling Athena tells many stories of the path from little girl to number one world tennis champion.
Produced and directed by Francis Amat, the film traces the journeys of 21 champions from early childhood to post career. Each champion has undergone an extensive interview which editor Pepe Plaza has skillfully woven into a masterly edited montage which also includes tennis coaches, agents, other authorities, and clips of rallies.
By film’s conclusion we are stunned, in awe, and feel as if we have been with these champions throughout their long, arduous, fulfilling journey. One needn’t be a player nor a fan to be moved by the women of Amat’s film.
Unraveling Athena transcends the sport of tennis, and draws us into the realms of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, an ascension into the mythological search for Ithaca, and a realization of the archetype of Athena.
Billie Jean King
(Pictured: Evonne Goolagong)