Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Speed Sisters

Year: 2015
Run Time: 80 minutes

Speed Sisters
Speed Sisters
Speed Sisters

Even in America, women race car drivers are faced with adversity. The sport is mostly seen as a boys' club, which has led to accusations of sexism—Richard Petty famously received criticism for inappropriate comments about NASCAR star, Danica Patrick. Now imagine female drivers in the Middle East. It’s a culture where, in some places, the idea of women driving at all is considered improper, let alone tearing up a track. This hasn’t stopped a team of young ladies known as the Speed Sisters, who are the first all-female race car driving team in the region. The quintet have garnered headlines in the West Bank for their impressive foray into the Palestinian street-car scene. Besides the basic gender issue, they also have to overcome other obstacles, including run-ins with the Israeli military and their restrictive checkpoints and trying to stay safe in a land that’s marred by war. SPEED SISTERS is a vibrant and unmistakably inspiring documentary about five fearless (and, frankly, badass) women who crush stereotypes at every turn. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) –E.F.

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Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Amber Fares

Amber Fares is a Canadian documentary filmmaker of Lebanese descent. She resided in Ramallah, Palestine for eight years, during which time she co-founded SocDoc Studios and filmed Speed Sisters and a variety of other projects. Fares holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from the University of Calgary.


Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein, Jessica Devaney

Amber Fares, Lucy Martens

Rabab Haj Yahya

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Community Partner

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies

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