Directed by: Sarah Menzies
Total Runtime: 89 min
Country of Origin: USA/France/Afghanistan
Winner Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival 2018, Winner Best Documentary Feature Brooklyn Film Festival 2018
What lengths would you go to in order to ride a bicycle? Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of human rights and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite limited infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport. Afghan Cycles follows members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul, and young riders in the Bamiyan region who are using mountain bikes to commute to school and run errands. For all of them, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. In Dari with English subtitles.