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Kick in Iran

Kick in Iran
Director: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan

Germany, documentary, 2009, 82 min
She made it. Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri is the first female athlete from Iran to ever qualify for the Olympic Games. “Kick in Iran” accompanies the young Iranian Taekwondo athlete and her female coach to the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing over a period of almost one year. The film, while offering an officially hidden look at contemporary life in urban Iran, reveals the persistent Khoshjamal-Fekri’s struggle for determination and recognition in a regime based on strict religious laws, which prohibit women sports. It is a portrait of a young talented athlete, a deep female friendship and the big dream of Olympic gold.
 
About the director:
 
Fatima Geza Abdollahyan was born in 1977 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her parents are from Iran. From 1996 to 2000, she studied political science in France and Germany. In 2001 she graduated from the Westminster University in London with a Master of Arts in International Relations. The same year, she took up her studies at the Documentary Department of the University of Television and Film in Munich. “Kick in Iran” is her graduation film and first feature length documentary. In the summer of 2005, right after the election of Iran’s new President Ahmadinejad, she started working for the correspondent’s office of the German channel ZDF in Tehran. That’s when she started her project “Kick in Iran”. From 2004 onwards, she has also been personal coordinator to the director of the Filmfest Munich.
Section: Identity

Dir. of Photography: Jakobine Motz

Music: Saam Schlamminger