The documentary tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top. Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen.
In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but dominating the women’s game for over a decade.
Venus and Serena also explores the struggle of these two aging superstars during the 2011 tennis season as they battle life and career-threatening health problems. In Venus and Serena we gain unprecedented access into the sisters’ lives – both in the spotlight and behind closed doors – and we watch as they draw their greatest strengths from one another to overcome countless adversities.
DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT – MAIKEN BAIRD AND MICHELLE MAJOR
The amazing story of the Williams sisters needed to be told as it is a shining example of what the human spirit can achieve with belief, hard work and blind determination. Ever since Venus and Serena burst onto the scene – as two rising tennis stars in the early 90s – the world has been captivated by them. What was it about these two African-American sisters and their incredible bond that made them so special?
The story of how they were able to rise above their humble beginnings to confidently take on an exclusive sport which had no place for two black girls from the ghetto, has meaning for anyone who’s ever dreamed of beating the odds. Their journey is an education and inspiration for us all.