June 10th, 2015 | Comments Off on Speed Sisters – Feeling empowered comes when you follow your dreams
Since 2005 the Arab world has its first female racing team, housed in none other than fought-over Palestine. Amber Fares’ first feature length documentary follows these women as they shake up a traditionally all men sport in an all men world.
In the documentary Speed Sisters we meet the brave, beautiful and strong-willed girls who set up this all women team and have taken it upon themselves to compete with the men in this traditionally masculine sport in a traditionally masculine society.
If you are expecting a bunch of unfeminine women you will be surprised. When the helmets come off these girls show they defy every expected stereotype. They love their femininity, but never should that be a reason to stop them pursuing their passion.
The close-knit team consisting of Marah, Noor, Mona, Betty and their manager Maysoon, have the support from their close families. Some of their parents have even helped save for their daughters to have cars that – though they might not be racing cars – with a lot of hours working to remove unnecessary weight carrying parts and adding horsepower, give them the edge they need to compete. But not everyone is as liberal when the Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team takes on the street car racing circuit of the occupied West Bank in Palestine.
Speed Sisters is a great sports documentary, showcasing perseverance and dedication. But on top of that it highlights the background against which the racing takes place. “The smell of tear gas reminds me of my childhood,” says one of the girls at some point in the film, a phrase you don’t often hear from althletes in the West.
Roadblocks, shoot-outs by the military, corruption, sexism and the inability to travel freely to other territories in order to compete on a international level are all extra hurdles the girls have to overcome in order to make it to the top in their beloved sport.
This film is about more than healthy competition and victory, director Amber Fares’ first feature length documentary is an empowering film and a must-see for those around the world that think their dreams are unobtainable.
Written by Alexandra Zeevalkink
Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.
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