Football Undercover - Soccer Still Rules! Film SeriesGoethe-Institut Los Angeles (5750 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036) Map it Free
German with English subtitles
Info: +1 323 5253388
Dir. Ayat Najafi, David Assmann, Germany, 2006/8, 89 min., digital.
Tehran April 2006: A cheering crowd of more than 1,000 women watches as the first official friendly match kicks off between the Iranian women’s national team and a girls’ team from a Berlin district.
Romping about, singing and dancing, the crowd in the stadium is suspended in an atmosphere charged with “girl power”.
This rousing documentary follows Marlene Assmann, a member of Germany’s first female soccer team, as she struggles to plan a soccer game between Germany and Iran. After learning that the Iranian female national team has never played in a match, Marlene endeavors to set up a “friendly” between the two national teams.
In the process, Marlene learns how the cultures differ not just in each country’s approach to the sport, but in what the sport means to each country.
This inspiring film won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film as well as the Teddy Audience Award at the 2008 Berlinale.
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