Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her
Sunday, October 8 4:00pm
At a young age, Maria Toorpakai discovered her love for one of Pakistan’s most popular sports, squash. Maria quickly began to rise in success as one of the nation’s most revered young players. But in a climate where women were restricted from playing sports of any kind, Maria did what no one else dared to do–by dressing and ultimately passing, as a boy. As Maria’s game attracted more and more attention, it became increasingly difficult to hide her true identity. When she was discovered, the Taliban took notice and Maria, like her family who stood with her, quickly became their targets.
Maria’s sister Ayesha has also begun to rise as an advocate in her own right. Moving into the political space, she works to elevate women’s rights and equality, especially within the tribal areas. To some she is a threat, but to many, a hero giving voice to those who have none. Maria and Ayesha’s father Shams stands proudly behind his two daughters as they embrace the fight for change for women.
As the film unfolds, Maria puts herself in the spotlight once again. Aware of the consequences this may bring from the Taliban, she believes it is her right as a human being, and as a Muslim woman, to be free.
Sunday, October 8 at 4:00pm
- Post screening Q&A with director Erin Heidenreich