Two films in particular - Offside (2006) and Football Under Cover (2008) - make an interesting double feature. The former is a satirical drama following several women who disguise themselves as men in an attempt to watch a live World Cup game in Tehran, where it is illegal for women to attend public sporting events. Directed by acclaimed director Jafar Panahi, sentenced in 2010 by the Iranian government to a 6-year jail term and a 20-year ban from filmmaking because of his work. Panahi refuses to be censored and continues to make movies to be smuggled out of Iran, such as 2011's This Is Not A Film (DVD PERSIAN THIS).
Offside (DVD PERSIAN OFFSIDE)
Football Under Cover (2008) is a documentary that follows a German soccer player, Marlene Assman, who decides, after learning that the Iranian Women's National Team has never actually played a match against another international team, to arrange for her German team to travel to Iran to play a truly historic game. The documentary highlights the many restrictions faced by women in Iranian society through the lens of an international soccer match. An Iranian player tries to pass as a man to practice in public without harassment, tensions mount over finding uniforms that conform to dress code, and female spectators speak out against the government's attempts at prohibiting them from merely enjoying a public sporting event because of their gender.
Football Under Cover (DVD PERSIAN FOOTBALL)
Below are other titles in our collection, recommended if you're looking for soccer-themed tales to watch in between the final matches of the Women's World Cup. Semi-finals begin next week, and the tournament final is Sunday, July 5th at 4pm PST.
|Rudo y Cursi (DVD SPANISH RUDO)|
|Cup Final (DVD HEBREW CUP)|
|Shaolin Soccer (DVD CHINESE SHAOLIN)|
|The Damned United (DVD DAMNED)|
|Looking for Eric (DVD LOOKING)|
|Bend It Like Beckham (DVD BEND)|