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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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The Boxing Girls of Kabul

Ariel J. NASR

  • Canada
  • 2011
  • 52min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers openly dream of their future, and even a shot at the 2012 Olympics. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, and we come to know them both as individuals and as a team of competitors punching well above their weight. The Boxing Girls of Kabul reveals a compelling journey of both personal and political transformation, and illustrates the power of fighting for what you believe in.

Review

Director

  • Ariel J. NASR

    Ariel Nasr is an Afghan Canadian filmmaker based in Afghanistan. Fascinated by the pursuit of untold stories, he directed Good Morning Kandahar and The Boxing Girls of Kabul for the National Film Board of Canada. Ariel also designs video installations and writes for radio, and is currently creating an NFB interactive project about storytellers in Kabul. He recently produced the narrative film Buzkashi Boys, shot on location in Kabul.  The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011) Good Morning Kandahar (2008)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerAnnette CLARKE WRITER Ariel J. NASR
  • Cinematography Ariel J. NASR
  • Editor Hannele HALM
  • Sound Alex SALTER, Christopher YAPP

Production Company / Distributor / World Sales

Production Company  National Film Board of Canada 

Distributor/Sales  National Film Board of Canada 3155 Côte-de-Liesse Road Montreal, Québec H4N 2N4 Canada

Tel  1 514 283 9000

E-mail  distribution@nfb.ca​