Offside

Dir. Jafar Panahi (2006). Flying just beneath the radar, Iranian cinema's paradoxical populist Jafar Panahi made an unscripted documentary fiction in which a varied group of Iranian women (really) attempt to crash the all-male precincts of a Tehran soccer stadium. Part sports-inspirational, part women's-prison flick, Offside confounds genre as well as gender—the movie is a cinema-verité political allegory that itself is both critical and utopian.
Mon., March 29, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2010

 
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