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Zanzibar Soccer Queens

(Florence Ayisi , 2007, 52’)



Zanzibar Soccer Queens film documents the lives and football activities of Women Fighters, a team of predominantly Muslim women. It presents a community of strong-willed women determined to better their lives and define new identities through playing soccer. Their involvement with soccer goes beyond the pitch; they travel, party on the beach, and play soccer with men. The film presents viewpoints from women determined to achieve personal goals beyond their prescribed traditional roles and expectations. The very concept of Muslim women playing football is not only a novel idea, but it also challenges widely held negative perceptions about the role, image and status of women in Muslim countries where women have many restrictions such as concealing their bodies and not being in public with men who are not their relatives. What motivates these women to play football? How do they deal with society’s attitude towards Muslim women exposing their bodies?

Festival Screenings

Festival Screening Highlights

SVT – (Swedish Television)

Qatar TV

RFO Television, France

TV5 Monde Afrique, France

Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden

Canadian Sports Film Festival

FESPACO, Burkina Faso

Zanzibar International Film Festival, ZIFF

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London

Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan

Chapter Arts Cinema, Cardiff, Wales

Hawaii International Film Festival, (HIFF) – Audience Award

Films from the South Festival, Oslo, Norway

Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul (IWFFIS), South Korea

Africa Diaspora Film Festival, (ADFF), New York, USA

CinemAfrica, Stockholm, Sweden

NatFilm Festival, Denmark

Pink Apple Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

Women’s Film Festival in Chennai, India

Sunny Side of the Doc, France

FilmInitiativ Köln, Germany



Zanzibar Soccer Queens Trailer

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