A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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International sales for the NFB's The Boxing Girls of Kabul

Press release


Toronto, May 1, 2012 – As the global documentary industry gathers in Toronto from April 26 to May 6 for the 2012 edition of Hot Docs, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced strong sales of its acclaimed documentary The Boxing Girls of Kabul to buyers around the world.

Produced by Annette Clarke, this 100% NFB production has been acquired in the USA by In Demand; in French Canada by TV 5; for Latin America Pan Regional TV by DIRECTV and DLA; in Israel by DBS; in Korea by KBS; in France by France Télévisions; in Russia by 24 Doc; and in Japan by NHK.

Directed by Ariel Nasr, The Boxing Girls of Kabul shines a light on a group of young Afghan women who hone their boxing skills without the benefit of even the most basic facilities in the country’s national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. Loyal to their nation, they yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers risk persecution and openly dream of their future—even a shot at the 2012 London Olympics.

Other key NFB productions and co-productions at Hot Docs include the world premieres of Who Cares (NFB), directed by Rosie Dransfeld; Petra’s Poem (Shira Avni/NFB), directed by Shira Avni; Legend of a Warrior (Corkscrew Media/NFB), directed by Corey Lee; and The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (Red Queen Productions/NFB), directed by Maya Gallus.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist           
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750       
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca           
Twitter: @PatDoftheNFB

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca