• 7.5 10
  • 2023
  • 39min

As the Taliban seizes Kabul, the Afghan Women’s Soccer team makes a daring escape in the night, trading their cleats for a chance at freedom and a life far from the reach of tyranny.


AWARDS: Best Directing. DOC NYC/ Jury Prize. Venice Fullshot Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Portugal International Film Festival/ Tribeca Film Festival/ DC/DOX/ Indy Shorts International Film Festival/ Film New York Tri-State International Film Festival/ Venice Fullshot Film Festival/ Madrid International Short Film Festival/ Tokyo International Short Film Festival/ DOC NYC/ Everett Film Festival/ Seoul International Film Festival/ Munich New Wave Short Film Festival/ Roma Short Film Festival

Ayenda - A team's spirit outpaces fear, sprinting towards freedom


This insightful documentary captures the stark reality of a lost generation of Afghan women, born into freedom and abruptly repressed. The documentary follows the harrowing journey of the Afghan Women’s Soccer team, whose dreams on the field are dashed as the Taliban retake control.


Facing an impossible choice, these courageous athletes flee their homeland under darkness, seeking safety and the promise of a future their country can no longer offer. Their personal stories, poignant and raw, provide a ground-level view of the profound impacts of two decades of conflict and international policy in Afghanistan, reflecting broader themes of loss, resilience, and the quest for autonomy.

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