An intimate fly-on-the-wall portrait of teenage girls breaking the stereotypical mould set for them by a conservative society. They become players in Afghanistan’s first ever women’s national football team. Afghan Girls Can Kick follows the team during preparations for its first competitive international matches. Concentrating on a few of the players, the film captures the journey from their youth under the harsh Taliban regime to life in today’s Afghanistan. Many members of the team speak of how football helps them envision the future in a country beset by insecurity and marked by suicide bombings.
[director] Bahareh Hosseini is a 31-year-old Iranian film-maker based in Britain. After studying fine arts in Tehran she worked as a painter, actress and performance artist, before moving into film-making. She has since worked on news, documentary, drama, and music video productions.[/director]