Raise the Bar

A girls' basketball team aims to break down cultural barriers. Their training program is intense and controversial, and they are led by an overqualified and unusual coach who constantly raises the bar. The team achieves remarkable results and the girls are becoming strong, independent, and are ready to change the world. But is the world ready?

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    February 10, 2021
  • International Premiere Date
    April 29, 2021, Hot Docs Festival
  • Length
    70 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Hækkum rána
  • International Title
    Raise the Bar
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Finland
  • Premiere TV Channel
    Sjónvarp Símans Premium
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, English subs

Company Credits


  • 2022
    European Children‘s Film Association - Award: ECFA Doc Award for Best European Documentary for Children
  • 2021
    International Film Festival for Young Audiences, Filem'On - Award: Won the Felem'On Kids Award (NL) and the ECFA Documentary Award.
  • 2021
    Oulo International Children‘s and Youth Film Festival
  • 2021
    Hot Docs Festival
  • 2021
    Adelaide Film Festival Youth - Award: Won Best Film for 5-12 year-olds
  • 2021
    Castlemaine Documentary Festival
  • 2021
    Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy