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The Boxing Girls of Kabul
dir. Ariel Nasr
Canada, 2011, 90 minutes

Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:00 pm
“A courageous group of young Afghan women risk persecution to become world-class boxers, training without even the most basic of facilities. Inspired by their coach who was once an Olympic contender, the girls dream about winning medals for their country and a shot at the 2012 Olympics. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, following three young contenders to their first competition. But when Afghan TV covers a medal won by one of the girls, and the news reports women being stoned in other parts of the country, their lives and their families are threatened. How can they fight with this fear in their bodies? A powerful story of courage and resistance by girls who punch far above their weight.” - Lynne Fernie (Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto) 

"In the time of the Taliban they killed women there… If you go alone to the gym where we train, you will become very scared." - Sadaf Rahimi, boxer

HOT DOCS 2012 WINNER - INSPIRIT FOUNDATION PLURALISM PRIZE
2013 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD NOMINATION - BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

"Uplifting." - Toronto Star

This remarkable portrait of these extraordinary women is made by the now Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Ariel Nasr. His latest film, Buzkashi Boys (with director Sam French), is one of five finalists in the ‘Best Short Film: Live Action’ category at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Ariel Nasr will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his film.