SYNOPSIS

Sadaf Rahimi is the best female boxer in Afghanistan, but she must deal with her country’s traditions, fear and her own fate in order to be a free woman. Sadaf and her sister Shabnam joined the newly created women’s boxing team at the age of 13, when they returned to their country after being refugees in Iran. Her boxing and academic achievements will turn Sadaf into an example for many Afghan young women, but her path will not be without threats and difficulties.

Recommended for the promotion of gender equality by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain.

Original Title: Boxing for Freedom
Production: Making DOC
Written, Directed and produced by: J.A. Moreno y Silvia Venegas
Director of Photography: Alberto González
Edition: Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Format: HD
Length: 53 minutes / 74 minutes
Language: Dari, English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
Year: 2015

AWARDS

  • Selected for European Film Awards (EFA) for European Documentary 2015. European Film Academy.
  • Children’s Jury Best Feature Film for Ages 12+. Children’s Film Festival Seattle. USA.
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the Cinema Writers Medals . Spain.
  • Silver Biznaga Affirming women’s rights Section. Festival de Málaga Cine Español. Spain.
  • Best Spanish Documentary. Zaragoza Film Festival. Spain.
  • Best Feature Film Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Extremadoc 2015. Spain.
  • Best Feature Documentary. Santiago del Estero Film Festival. Argentina.
  • Special Award. Festival Internacional Cine Invisible. Spain.
  • Best Film. Picknic Film Festival. Spain.
  • Award “Women Fighting”. Festival Internacional de Cine de Fusagasugá “Mujeres que luchan”. Colombia.
  • Special Award. Semana Internacional de Cine de Autor de Lugo Especial. Spain.

FESTIVALS

  • Film Festival Suitcase. Chios Refugee Camp. Greece.
  • Migrant Season. Argentina.
  • Docsbarcelona. Spain.
  • Beijing Documentary Week. China.
  • WOCMES Film Show. Spain.
  • Islamic Film Festival. Japan.
  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China.
  • Cinema for Peace Cycle. Spain.
  • Film Festival for Gender Equality Women in Focus. Argentina.
  • Land of Freedom festival. Turkey.
  • Beijing Documentary Culture Week. China.
  • Political Cinema Show directed by Women. Spain.
  • Setmana of Social Documentary. Spain.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Venezuela.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. El Salvador.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Costa Rica.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Guatemala.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Peru.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Argentina.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Paraguay.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Nicaragua.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Mexico.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Argentina.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Panama.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Peru.
  • Season of Political Cinema Directed by Women. Honduras.
  • Santiago del Estero Film Festival. Argentina.
  • Season Political Cinema Directed by Women. Dominican Republic.
  • Cinema, Sport and Gender Conferences. Spain.
  • Season “Women who lead: breaking molds”. Spain.
  • International Women’s Day / Cultural Center of Spain in Managua. Nicaragua.
  • Friborg International Film Festival. Switzerland.
  • Season of Film Made by Women. Spain.
  • International Women’s Day / Cultural Center of Spain in Panama City. Panama.
  • Kumu Dokumentaal Tallinn 2017. Estonia.
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle. U.S.A.
  • Olympia Int’l Film Festival for Children and Young People. Greece.
  • Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. Finland.
  • ROLAN 12th International Film Festival For Children and Youth. Armenia.
  • Sztafeta Film Festival. Poland.
  • Ocejón Travel Film Competition. Spain.
  • Lady Bug Film Festival. Sweden.
  • Spanish Cinema Week. Hungary.
  • Cinekid ScreeningClub. Netherlands.
  • Lugo International Author Film Week. Spain.
  • Full Bloom Film Festival. U.S.
  • Fusagasugá International Film Festival. Colombia.
  • Periferias International Cinema Festival. Spain.
  • Iberian Film Festival. Spain.
  • International Human Rights Film Festival “The seventh eye is yours”. Bolivia.
  • Picknic Film Festival. Spain.
  • Montevideo International Film and Human Rights Festival. Uruguay.
  • UNHCR Hong Kong Refugee Film Festival. China.
  • UNHCR Refugee Film Festival. Thailand.
  • World Refugee Day Film Festival. Sri Lanka.
  • León Film and Television Festival. Spain.
  • Canadian Sport Film Festival. Canada.
  • Season of Cinema and Human Rights of Zaragoza. Spain.
  • Article 31 Film Festival. Spain.
  • International Children and Young People’s Film Festival – BUFF. Sweden.
  •  Ciclo Mujeres de Cine – Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York. USA.
  • Ciclo Mujeres de Cine – Ayuntamiento de Almoradí. Spain. 
  • First Season of Cinema and Women. Spain.
  • Burgos Documentary Film Festival. Spain.
  • La Única documentary Season. Spain.
  • International Documentary Film Festival of Uruguay Atlantidoc. Uruguay.
  • Terre des Femmes Film Festival. Germany.
  • Tampere Human Rights Film Festival.Finland.
  • Valencia International Film and Human Rights Festival. Spain.
  • Zaragoza Film Festival. Spain.
  • Extremadoc International Documentary Film Festival. Spain.
  • The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Film Festival. Japan.
  • Alcine Festival. Spain.
  • Miradasdoc International Documentary Festival. Spain.
  • Segovia European Film Festival. Spain.
  • Season of Films Made by Women from Zaragoza. Spain.
  • Cinebaix sample. Spain.
  • Women Make Waves Film Festival.Taiwan (China).
  • Invisible Film Festival. Spain.
  • China Women’s Film Festival. China.
  • Toulouse Spanish Film Festival (CINESPAÑA). France.
  • Rizoma Festival. Spain.
  • Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival. Myanmar.
  • International Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aires. Argentina.
  • International Exhibition of Cinema and Women of Pamplona. Spain.
  • Madrid International Documentary Festival .. Documentamadrid. Spain.
  • Malaga Spanish Film Festival. Spain.
  • Silk Road Festival. Ireland.
  • Geneva International Festival and Forum on Human Rights. FIFDH. Switzerland.

IN COLLABORATION WITH

I CIMA Mentoring. Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media. Madrid.
IDFAcademy. Amsterdam.
VIII Forum for the co-production of documentaries at the San Sebastian Film Festival. San Sebastian.
Best International Project Showcase Sunny Side of the DOC. La Rochelle.
MIPDOC International Pitch. Cannes.

SUPPORTED BY

Supported by MEDIA PROGRAMME  and INSTITUTO DE LA CINEMATOGRAFÍA Y DE LAS ARTES AUDIOVISUALES (ICAA)

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