Closing Night Films: Zanzibar Soccer Dreams & Boxing for Freedom

Zanzibar Soccer Dreams

Tanzania/UK, 2016, documentary, 63 min, dir: Florence Ayisi & Catalin Brylla

Sunday, May 22, 2016 | 7:30PM | WORLD PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Eight years after the inaugural Canadian Sport Film Festival hosted the Canadian premiere of Zanzibar Soccer Queens, CSFF is proud to present the world premiere of its sequel. The new film highlights the progress achieved by women determined to play soccer on the island and their transition from social outcasts to ambassadors for Zanzibar. Yet, even as the school system is allowing girls to play soccer, religious, gender, and cultural challenges remain. 

Co-Screening with:

Boxing for Freedom

Spain, 2015, documentary, 53 min, dir: Juan Antonio Moreno & Silvia Venegas
North American Premiere

Sadaf Rahimi and her sister, Shabnam, are the best female boxers in Afghanistan, aiming to compete in the London 2012 Olympics. But the challenges of being physically active women in their country persist.