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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Little Miss Sumo

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Most of the world, even in Japan, still do not know about the existence of female sumo wrestlers. We hope through our film we exposure this hidden world. Our documentary follows 20 year old female sumo wrestling prodigy Hiyori Kon. As a female wrestler she is banned from professional competition and cannot even set foot inside the ring – a sacred space reserved only for men. Our film tracks Hiyori as she battles inside and outside the ring and attempts to manoeuvre beyond the pathways that have been dictated to her.

This will be the first film ever made on the subject of female sumo wrestlers in Japan and we are thrilled to have been granted unprecedented access to the life of one of the sports leading lights. We believe Hiyori’s story is a hugely important one and our goal is to highlight the profound gender imbalances present in the world of Sumo and society at large. We hope our film can also highlight wider social issues through the lens of one of the world’s oldest sports and help transform a whole landscape of inequality.

Little Miss Sumo was awarded a grant from Film London and Tribeca Film Institute. It has been great to have their support but this has only been able to fund a portion of a very demanding film that has required a number of trips to Japan. The budget has had to stretch to cover things including gaining access, international filming, extensive translation costs and more. We are now on the final stage of our journey and we need to raise £10K to finish this film. These essential funds will contribute towards the post-production including editing, grading, sound design, music, finishing and most importantly, sharing the film with the world and helping us give voices to women in Sumo who are fighting for change.

As of September 28th, this project has raised £12,000 of their £10,000 goal. This project has 6 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of £10, you will get your name listed in the film credits.  For a pledge of £25, you will get to see the movie online.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: