Freep Film Festival - Jeanette Lee Vs.

April 11 2024 | 7:00pm

Three Aisian women taking a selfie. The woman holding the camera is wearing a black coat and a grey infinity scarf. The woman in the center of the group is wearing a mask. The third woman is wearing classes and a red and maroon scarf.

She was like nothing else her sport had seen. A vision of confidence, even swagger, as she stalked the billiards table. Dressed, always, in her signature color, with a two-fingered glove on her bridge hand, and a stony, icy glaze that never seemed to change. She was the Black Widow, and at her peak, Jeanette Lee was, improbably, one of the most recognizable figures in sports. Now, “Jeanette Lee Vs.” recounts Lee’s rise, her TV popularity, and her significance as a cultural figure. The “30 for 30” film also chronicles the difficult turns of life for one of the most distinctive stars to ever emerge on the sports landscape.

This film is part of the Asian American Pacific Islander Film Series, produced in collaboration with American Citizens for Justice, with support from Rising Voices and funding from the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. 

The AAPI series was curated by Razi Jafri, a Detroit-based documentary filmmaker.

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