• Screening/Q&A: Boxing for Freedom

Screening/Q&A: Boxing for Freedom

29 February 2016

London

Sadaf Rahimi is the most accomplished female boxer in Afghanistan and well known within her community in Kabul, though her talent attracts social ridicule as well as fame. 

One in a group of 30 girls coached by Saber Sharifi, Sadaf trains in Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium – the same stadium used to publicly execute many women during the Taliban government in the late 1990s. Granted permission by their parents to participate in the boxing team, Sadaf and her teammates represent changing perspectives towards women’s roles in Afghan society. Qualifying for some of the most prestigious competitions in the world, the girls’ outlook towards tradition is influenced by their experiences abroad. At the same time, many of the girls are criticised by their classmates and neighbours for having left Afghanistan.

Allowing Sadaf to speak for herself, filmmakers Silvia Venegas and Antonio Amador create an inspiring portrait of a confident and ambitious Afghan woman who is fully supported by her family, yet caught in a changing society where government institutions continue to impose strict social restrictions.

 

The screening will be followed with a Q&A session with directors Juan Antonio Moreno Amador and Silvia Venegas.

Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Time: 7.00pm

Cost: £10.00

Tickets must be booked in advance on the Frontline Club website