For a soccer-mad young girl, a crucial world cup qualifying match for Iran's national football team at the Azadi stadium in Tehran is the game of her dreams. But with women banned from the country's football grounds, she and several other equally dedicated and rebellious girls have only one way of infiltrating the crowd...by disguising themselves as boys. But with sharp-eyed soldiers policing the event and obstacles such as the lack of women's bathrooms to overcome, the street-smart girls find they have to use their wits and every trick in the book to see the match. A hilarious and engaging comedy, 'Offside' entertainingly illustrates the fight for women's rights in Iran.
Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani, Mahnaz Zabihi, Nazanin Sediq-zadeh, Melika Shafahi, Safdar Samandar, Mohammad Kheir-abadi, Masoud Kheymeh-kabood, Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi, Hadi Saeedi, Masoud Gheyas-vand, Ali Baradari, Ali Roshan
A rare glimpse inside revolutionary Iran shows a distinct lack of shoe-bombing fanatics à la Daily Mail and a surprising number of features that we can quickly recognise; football as a national obsession- spot the Inter Milan and Brazil shirts- anxious parents, mouthy girls, jobsworth soldiers and the logistical challenges of using the toilet at half time. You’re left with the feeling that if we all ditched politics and spent more time on sport, we’d all get on a lot better…