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Ajyal Film Festival 2018

All Films

Speed Sisters (Al Sabbaqat)

Special Screening

Amber Fares / Feature Documentary / Palestine, United States of America, Qatar / 2014 / 80 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Action, Women, Coming of age, Documentary, Middle Eastern, Politics, Sports, Social Issues, Family, Friendship, Identity
World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

Screenings

  • Mon, Dec 1, 07:00 PM, Katara Building 16, Drama Theatre (K16-DT)
    Tickets sales closed
    Doors open at 5:30 PM and close at 7:00 PM
    Dress: National attire / Formal
  • Mon, Dec 1, 07:00 PM, Katara Building 16, Opera House (K16-OH)
    By Invitation Only
  • Thu, Dec 4, 10:30 PM, Katara Building 16, Drama Theatre (K16-DT)
    Tickets sales closed

Synopsis

Meet Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon – the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Middle East. Passionate, dedicated and tough as nails, these five women are taking the auto-racing world of Palestine by storm, one screeching doughnut at a time.
Given the state of affairs in Palestine, it might come as a surprise that the nation has an organised racing culture in the first place. In fact, the Palestine Racing Federation owns no land and operates its events in empty lots, while drivers practise their techniques anywhere they can find enough space. Supported by their families, their friends and the racing community at large, the team members face down criticism, disappointment, arbitrary rulings and the ever-present restrictions brought about by the Israeli military occupation.
Director Amber Fares gains intimate access to the daily lives of her subjects, leaving no doubt that they were born to drive, but also finding the quieter moments that show us where their inner strength springs from. Fuelled by gasoline, girl power, the desire for freedom and a kickin’ soundtrack, ‘Speed Sisters’ paints a high-octane portrait of a group of charismatic and resilient women who are living their lives on their own terms – and finding the glory they richly deserve.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Amber Fares, a Canadian-born filmmaker with Lebanese roots, resides in Ramallah. In the aftermath of 9/11, she left her career marketing some of Canada’s biggest brands to deepen her understanding of life in the Middle East. In response to her experience, Fares co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that explore social issues. ‘Ghetto Town’ (2009), her directorial debut short, has been shown at film festivals around the world. ‘Speed Sisters’ is her first feature-length documentary.

Credits

Director
Amber Fares
Producer
Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein, Jessica Devaney
Editor
Rabab Haj Yahya
Cinematographer
Amber Fares, Lucy Martens
Sales Company
SocDoc Studios
Production Company
SocDoc Studios
Cast
Marah Zahalka, Noor Daoud, Betty Saadeh, Maysoon Jayyusi, Mona Ennab

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