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

GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER

Year: 2016
Country: CANADA, PAKISTAN
Language: English, Pashtu, Urda
Run Time: 80 minutes

GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER
GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER
GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER
GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER

Pakistan’s top female squash player, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, received her first death threat at age 16. The rural community where her family—and, unfortunately, The Taliban—call home, frown upon women for watching television and having an education, let alone playing sports. But after years of disguising herself as a boy to pursue her passion, Maria vows she will no longer live in fear. Although she trains and competes abroad, she longs to have the freedom to play in her home country and gain the respect she deserves as a female athlete. Thankfully, she has the unwavering support of her parents, who are a teacher and a principal for local schoolchildren, and her sister Ayesha, the youngest politician in Pakistan. Maria and her family bring inspiration and hope to their fear-stricken community until The Taliban’s increasingly dangerous threats soon put all their lives at stake. GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER is a shockingly brave and unapologetic story of a woman willing to risk her life to create new opportunities for girls aspiring to follow in her footsteps. (In English, Pashto, and Urdu with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Sidebars
PAN-ASIAN FILMS
THE SPORTS SECTION
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Erin Heidenreich

Erin Heidenreich holds a B.S. in Communication Studies and Political Science from Northwestern University. She directs, writes, and produces award-winning documentaries, short films, commercials, and feature films.

Filmography
GIRL UNBOUND (2016)

Producers
Cassandra Sanford-Rosenthal, Jonathon Power

Editing
Christina Burchard

Film Contact

Community Partner

Zonta Club of Cleveland

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