Part of the series A Tribute to Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi.
Dir. Jafar Panahi. Iran. 2006. 93 min. 35mm.
In Persian with English subtitles.
Defying the law that prohibits women from attending sporting events, several Iranian young women disguise themselves as men to crash the qualifying game between Iran and Bahrain for the 2006 World Cup at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. Mostly shot in real time during the actual game and featuring non-professional actors, the film, at once comedy, political allegory and suspense, is an engaging tale about lively young women fighting for freedom. Film introduced by Negar Mottahedeh, Associate Professor of Literature, Duke University.
Silver Bear Award, 2006 Berlin International Film Festival
'Eloquent, invigorating, tightly paced, and endlessly enjoyable'' Michael Koresky, indieWIRE
'The amateur ensemble cast and superb satire make this one of the best football films going.'—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
This series is part of Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, a three-year initiative made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.