The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – Lunch and a Movie Series
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Zanzibar Soccer Queens
Dir: Florence Ayisi / Feature / Africa, Zanzibar / Swahili with English subtitles / 52 min. / 2007
This powerful documentary film shows how Muslim women use soccer as their vehicle for liberation and creativity in a conservative society. While the film focuses on women, their desire for self-fulfillment and empowerment speaks to marginalized people everywhere.
The film uses interviews and imagery to show how soccer strengthened the women both physically and emotionally. Interviews with some Muslim men, who object to women wearing sports clothing and playing in front of both genders, provides a glimpse into the risks, and the sacrifices made by these women. In the end, the viewer realizes that risk and sacrifice are often necessary to achieve a greater good.
* This event is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center at UNC at Chapel Hill and the Carolina Women’s Center.
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