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The Boxing Girls of Kabul

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A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers openly dream of their future, and even a shot at the 2012 Olympics. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, and we come to know them both as individuals and as a team of competitors punching well above their weight. The Boxing Girls of Kabul reveals a compelling journey of both personal and political transformation, and illustrates the power of fighting for what you believe in.

2011, 52 min

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Best Short Documentary
Canadian Screen Awards
March 3 2013, Toronto - Canada

Honourable Mention for the NFB Colin Low Award
Doxa - Documentary Film and Video Festival
May 4 to 13 2012, Vancouver - Canada

Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize- with a $10,000 cash prize
Hot Docs
April 26 to May 6 2012, Toronto - Canada

Best Documentary
FIN Kids
April 17 to 21 2012, Halifax - Canada

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