Dir. Erin Heidenreich | Documentary | Pakistan | 2016 | 80 min. | Rated PG
Pashto, Urdu, and English, with English subtitles
Discussions to follow both screenings with film subject Maria Toorpakai
In Taliban-controlled Waziristan, called one of the most dangerous places on earth, Maria Toorpakai disguises herself as a boy for the first sixteen years of her life so that she can play sports—an illegal act for women there. Going by the name of Genghis Khan, she has a drastically different day-to-day life than any other girl her age in the area. But when she becomes a rising star squash player, her true identity is revealed, bringing death threats to her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to fight for their freedom.
Official Selection of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival