Jafar Panahi (2006)

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The football movie comes of age in writer/director Jafar Panahi's (The Circle) forthright, funny and fascinating satire. Set during the qualifying stages of the 2006 World Cup, the film follows a group of young women who disguise themselves as men in order to gain illegal access to a crucial game between Iran and Bahrain in Tehran. As the unmasked girls are apprehended and guarded by a unit of reluctant rural recruits, Panahi explores a wide range of social issues, while never losing sight of the unifying power of sport - something that proves vital to the exhilarating (if somewhat contrived) dénouement. Superbly played by the non-professional cast, this is an intriguing glimpse at the realities behind the propaganda issued by both Tehran and its western opponents. But, above all, it offers a courageous insight into the extent of institutionalised chauvinism in Iran and the rising tide of juvenile disquiet against the strictures of Islamic law.


Although women are forbidden by law to attend football matches in Iran, or to even enter the stadium, several teenage female fans are not about to let that stop them, and try to sneak into the ground by disguising themselves as boys. Iranian comedy drama, set against the backdrop of a World Cup qualifying football match in Tehran, with Sima Mobarak-Shah, Shayesteh Irani, Nazanin Sediq-zadeh and Aida Sadeghi. In Persian.

Cast & Crew

First girl Sima Mobarak Shahi
Azari soldier Safar Samandar
Smoking girl Shayesteh Irani
Mashadi soldier M Kheyrabadi
Girl soccer player Ida Sadeghi
Girl with chador Golnaz Farmani
Soldier girl Mahnaz Zabihi
Director Jafar Panahi
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Other Information

Language: Farsi +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Some violence and swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 9 Jun 2006
Drama Comedy