OFFSIDE

Who is that strange-looking boy sitting in the corner of the bus in the midst of all the raucous football fans on the way to the stadium? If one were to look a little more closely, however, one can see that it is not a boy but a girl, dressed in boy’s garb. She is by no means the only female football supporter in Iran. In fact, there are an increasing number of women who are enthusiastic about the game. Before the kick off, she is apprehended at a checkpoint and led away to an enclosure next to the stadium. She is one of many to whom the same fate has befallen and, at the enclosure, she meets a whole group of women – all dressed as men. After the game, they will be handed over to the vice squad.

Iran 2006
Regie: Jafar Panahi
88 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT

2008, Archive

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