Gold Medal
Women in Sports

Girl Unbound

Director: Erin Heidenreich
Cast: Ayesha Gulalai Wazir, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, Shamsul Qayyum Wazir
USA, 2016, 76', color, English with Turkish subtitles

In Waziristan, Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai, with the help of her progressive father, Shamsul, defies strict Taliban law forbidding women to play sports by disguising herself as a boy to practice and compete in squash tournaments. But when she becomes a rising star, her gender is revealed, forcing Maria to leave her home and country after constant death threats to both herself and her family. In Girl Unbound, we join Maria on her journey to represent Pakistan on the national team, standing firm in her mission to carve her own identity and destiny with the support of her loving family.

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