Breakin’ the Glass

2000 | Abuse / American Studies / Black/African American / Body Image / Documentary / Gender / Media Studies / Mental Health / Social Issues / Sports / Women's Studies / Youth (18 & Under) | 28m | USA
Directors: Marla Leech, Dina Maria Munsch

As exciting and fast-paced as the game itself, Breakin’ the Glass examines the promise and power of women’s professional basketball in the late 1990s as directors Marla Leech and Dina Maria Munsch interview the founders and players of the American Basketball League. Athletes discuss what it means for women finally to have the opportunity to play professional basketball in the US. Chronicling the rise and fall of the ABL, Breakin’ the Glass provides insight into the politics of professional sports. A testament to the importance of women role models, Breakin’ the Glass is an excellent motivational and empowerment tool for women and girls of all ages.

Reviews and Awards

“ … a tremendous opportunity to expose students, and audiences of all ages, to differing philosophies concerning sport participation, to a league that was unable to survive in a country that prides itself on equality, and reveals the progress that women's sports can make when they become part of the American sport ‘industry.’” —Maureen Smith, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, California State University, Sacramento