Kick In Iran
Filmfest 2010

She is the first who ever made it. Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri is the first female athlete from Iran to ever qualify for the Olympic Games. Her discipline is Taekwondo. KICK IN IRAN shows her arduous journey to Beijing 2008 - a persistent struggle for self-determination and recognition in a society based on strict religious laws. "Which price are you willing to pay to fulfill your dream? From the very beginning of my film project, that was the driving question... It seemed to me that one topic had hardly received any attention on the screen: Muslim female athletes. Whether this is due to a lack of interest from the (western) media or because of the strict rules of Islam, which complicate access to the sites and protagonists, almost all reports about Muslim sportswomen seem to focus on their oddity, treating them merely as 'veiled women working out'... I knew I wanted to portray Sara and her coach Azarmehr as two human beings with the same needs, wishes and dreams as you and me - but willing to pay a higher price in order to make their dreams come true". Fatima Geza Abdollahyan

with: Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri, Maryam Azarmehr

tags: Documentary

Credits

Director: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan