Girl Unbound: The War to be Her

Erin HeidenreichAfghanistan80 minutes2016PGColourEnglish Urdu Pashto

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An intimate portrait of Maria Toorpakai, who defies threats to herself and her family from Islamic fundamentalists in order to represent Pakistan as an internationally competitive squash player.

In Waziristan, "one of the most dangerous places on earth," Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban by disguising herself as a boy so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to fight for their freedom.

Gender InequityGender, Sexuality + IdentityCanadaSouth AsiaDocumentaryFemale DirectorHuman Rights