Kick in Iran
Director: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Screenwriters: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Sarah Khoshjamal, a 20-year-old Taekwondo superstar, is the first female professional athlete from Iran to qualify for the Olympics. This skillful vĂ©ritĂ© portrait follows the unassuming Khoshjamal in the nine months leading up to the 2008 Beijing games. Living in an Islamic country, she is required to wear a hijab at all times and, unlike her fellow competitors around the world, cannot train with men; however, the power in her fighting resoundingly breaks down stereotypical barriers.
Khoshjamalâ€™s experience as a world-class athlete may be familiar, but captured here is the importance of the coach-athlete relationship. The bond she shares with her feisty and much-admired female coach is revealed through everyday moments as both struggle through inequality to make their markâ€”in sport and society. Though itâ€™s still the male athletes who are ultimately celebrated in her country, Khoshjamalâ€™s accomplishments and lasting influence on scores of girls in Iran are undeniable.
- Documentary Feature
- 2010, Sundance Film Festival
- Germany, 82 min.