-Speed Sisters

Fri 04 March 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £5

Director: Amber Fares (Occupied Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Denmark, Canada, USA, 2015, Triple F-Rated)
Certification: PG |1 h  18min | Documental, Adventure | Language: Arabic with English subtitles

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. 

Despite a tangle of roadblocks and checkpoints, a thriving street car racing scene has emerged in the West Bank. Held at improvised tracks – a vegetable market, an old helicopter pad, a security academy – the races offer a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation. The fanfare and rivalry between cities bring spectators out in droves, lining rooftops and leaning over barricades to snap photos of their favourite drivers and to catch final times on the scoreboard.

Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, these five determined women, Marah, Betty, Noor, Mona and Maysoon, joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers, competing against each other for the title, for bragging rights for their hometown, and to prove that women can go head to head with the guys.

Amber Fares grew up in a small town in Northern Alberta, Canada. Her parents were both children of Lebanese immigrants. Speed Sisters is her first feature documentary released in 2015. Currently, she is an award-winning documentary director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn and Palestine.

★★★★ Director Amber Fares finds a frankly astounding subject for her first feature-length doc, using the story of a few brave sportswomen to shine a bright headlamp on lives lived under occupation” – Total Film

+ I am a Woman with so Many Women Inside me 

Director: Alejandra Jiménez-López (UK, Colombia, 2022)
4 mins 51 secs | Music video | Voice, lyrics and basic harmony: Luz Elena Caicedo | Language: Spanish with English subtitles

A song that celebrates sorority and highlights women’s continuous struggle for a more balanced and equal world. Sorority and music, two powerful tools to change the world. 

A music video produced and directed by filmmaker and animator Alejandra Jiménez-López based on the song of Luz Elena Caicedo. Caicedo from Cali, Colombia is a singer, songwriter and one of London’s most accomplished and versatile Latin American singers and ethnomusicologist.

With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery. Presented in partnership with Bradford-On-Avon Friends of Palestine

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