Football on top of a mountain [Docudrama: Blue Girl] | DW Documentary

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Football on top of a mountain [Docudrama: Blue Girl] | DW Documentary

In a remote village in the mountains of Kurdistan, passionate soccer fans abound. But locals have no soccer field. The children of the village want to change that. They set out to realize their dream – to have their very own soccer field.

[This film is a docudrama in which the children of a village reenact their own story.]

It’s an uphill battle — literally. The village is located in a hilly mountain region and the only place that could be turned into a playing field is on top of a mountain. Undaunted, the boys and girls plough sweat and tears into fulfilling their ardent wish.

Iranian director Keivan Majidi created his first docudrama with „Blue Girl,“ a film that mixes reality and fiction. The children play themselves and retell their own story. Despite Iran‘s strict censorship, the film manages to touch on topics such as the discrimination experienced by Kurdish girls.

Traditionally, girls are not allowed to play soccer. But Hima is a passionate fan of the Iranian soccer club Esteghlal FC, recognizable by its blue jerseys. She guides viewers through the stirring story as it actually takes place, in the breathtaking landscape of Kurdistan.

The title of the film also alludes to the tragic fate of Sahar Khodayari. In 2019, the young Iranian woman defied a ban on females attending matches. Trying to enter a stadium disguised as a man, she was stopped and set herself alight in protest at the charges she faced. She died of severe burns. Sahar was also a fan of Esteghlal FC.

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