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Director: Jafar Panahi Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 2006 Language: Persian (Farsi)

Starring: Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani, Mahnaz Zabihi, Shayesteh Irani, Sima Mobarak-Shahi

From the director of THE CIRCLE and CRIMSON GOLD comes a smart comedy illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran.

Who is that strange boy sitting quietly in the corner of a bus full of screaming fans going to the football match? In fact, this shy boy is a girl in disguise. She is not alone, women also love football in Iran. Before the game begins, she is arrested at the check point and put into a holding pen just by the stadium with a band of other women all dressed up as men. They will be handed over to the vice squad after the match. But before this, they will be tortured! They must endure every cheer, every shout of a game they cannot see. Worse yet, they must listen to the play-by-play account of a soldier who knows nothing about football. Yet, these young girls just won’t give up. They use every trick in the book to see the match.

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