Series/Themes: Sports and Hobbies
Genre: Documentaries, Family
Film Year: 2018
Film Length: 90 min.
Director: Sarah Menzies.
Following members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul and young riders in the Bamiyan region, Afghan Cycles reveals the struggles experienced by these Afghan women on a daily basis. Riding despite the oppressive silencing of their voices, the female cyclists face discrimination, abuse, and death threats. Battling the current infrastructure, one particular cyclist must decide whether or not to flee to France to secure a better situation for her family. Overcome by dangerous circumstances and obstacles that impede their human rights, the women feel empowered by a sport that provides them with the sense of freedom. Discussion with director Sarah Menzies, moderated by Shilpa Davé (UVA)
Supported by Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
PVCC Dickinson Center