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Football Under Cover in Vancouver, Canada


Event: FOOTBALL UNDER COVER at the DOXA Motion Pictures Series

Date: Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
Venue: Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Admission: $10.00 (October online offer only: Series package - 4 films for $30.00)


DOXA Documentary Film Series: MOTION PICTURES

2nd Screening:  Football Under Cover 

Vancouver, BC - DOXA Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce the second film in the 2009/2010 Motion Pictures Film Series, a selection of award-winning documentaries that look at the complex issues surrounding the body, athleticism, the politics of sports and the drive we have to get our bodies in motion.


On November 26th DOXA will present the multiple award-winning Football Under Cover from directors Ayat Najafi and David Assman (Iran/Germany). Since its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, Football Under Cover has picked up numerous awards. This will be the BC premiere.


Marlene, a player on the German women's soccer team in Kreuzberg learns that the Iranian National Women's Football Team in Tehran has never played another team. Marlene herself confesses that she has rarely finished anything she started, but she makes it her mission to set up a match between her multi-cultural German team and the Iranian women. To get the process started, headscarves are purchased and a trip to Iran is booked.


There Marlene gets to know some of the Iranian players; Niloofar pulls her cap down low and zips her jacket up to her chin, to pass as a boy, in order to be able to train without a headscarf, just once. She does what she wants, she says, dreams about Beckham while helping Marlene plan the big event. All these young women want to do is play football together, yet it takes a year of hard work and a fair amount of risk-taking to make it happen.


In Germany, the women prepare by learning rules they must follow in Iran: head scarves must always be worn, no sandals, behaviour regarded as "indecent" is strictly punished - sometimes by death, homosexual acts are illegal.


Miles away in Iran, Narmila and her mother are kicking a ball around the street, chadors and headscarves flowing. It is impractical but they manage. Narmila's mother was on the national team before the revolution and teaches soccer skills to her daughter, her eyes shining. Her husband banned her from playing after their wedding, but he is now dead and so she bolts through the dust with her daughter.


When the game finally takes place, men are barred from the stadium, the players chafe under appropriate covering, and loudspeakers sternly warn female fans against excessive celebration. However the stadium is electric with more than 1000 screaming woman fans. At time gripping and exasperating, then joyful and moving - these 90 minutes are about more than just a football game.

Winner - Berlin International Film Festival, 2008 Best Documentary & Audience Award 

Winner - Friedensfilm preis, 2008 Audience Award

Winner - Pink Apple Film Festival Zurich, 2008 Audience Award

Winner - Outfest Los Angeles, Freedom Award

Winner - Molise Cinema Italy, Best Documentary Award


Tickets: DOXA website (, Videomatica (1855 W.4th Ave.), Biz Books (302 W. Cordova St.), and Bibliophile (2010 Commercial Dr.)
Information: or 604.646.3200

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