Dir Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran, 88min, PG, Farsi w/English Subtitles | Cast Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi | Keywords Drama, Comedy, Women | Courtesy of Madman Entertainment | Presented by Westfield W-League

PARRAMATTA | Saturday 10 October | 5pm | Riverside Theatres | Session finished

Revered Iranian film director Jafar Panahi tells the story of a girl who tries to watch a World Cup qualifying match but is forbidden by law.

Who is that strange boy sitting quietly in the corner of a bus full of screaming fans going to the football match? In fact this shy boy is a girl in disguise. She is not alone, women also love football in Iran. Before the game begins, she is arrested at the check point and put into a holding pen just by the stadium with a band of other women all dressed up as men. They will be handed over to the vice squad after the match. But before this, they will be tortured! They must endure every cheer, every shout of a game they cannot see. Worse yet, they must listen to the play-by-play account of a soldier who knows nothing about football. Yet these young girls just won’t give up. They use every trick in the book to see the match.

A smart comedy illustrating the fight for women’s rights, this cult classic was shot, and subsequently banned, in Iran during a World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Special thanks to Westfield W-League and 2FAR Persian-Australian community radio