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Offside (2006)

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sima Mobarak-Shahi ...
Shayesteh Irani ...
Smoking girl
Ayda Sadeqi ...
Soccer girl
Golnaz Farmani ...
Girl with tchador
Mahnaz Zabihi ...
Girl disguised as soldier
Nazanin Sediq-zadeh ...
Young girl
Melika Shafahi
Safdar Samandar ...
Soldier from Azerbaijan
Mohammad Kheir-abadi ...
Soldier from Mashad
Masoud Kheymeh-kabood ...
Soldier from Tehran
Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi
Hadi Saeedi ...
Soldier
Masoud Gheyas-vand
Ali Baradari ...
Bus Passenger
Ali Roshan
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"Offside" is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a big football match but some get caught and arrested. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums. Written by Kaaveh

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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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26 May 2006 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,003 (USA) (23 March 2007)

Gross:

$179,948 (USA) (20 July 2007)
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Jafar Panahi asked each of the girls in the film to turn up with their own idea of how they would disguise themselves as a boy and what we see in the film was the girls' own attempts. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Lyrics by Hossein Gol-e-Golab
Music by Ruhollah Khaleghi
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comedy can lighten pretty much anything
14 January 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Jafar Panahi's comedy-drama "Offside" portrays some women trying to enter a Tehran sports arena from which women are banned. The official reason: lots of foul language, and the soccer players have their legs showing. But of course, it's really a case of sexism. So, most of the movie consists of mild comic relief as the women try to ask the men serious questions about why women are banned from the stadium, and one woman even comes up with her own scheme to defy the men.

As I understand, all of Jafar Panahi's movies (this one included) are banned in Iran. The real tragedy is that the CIA's 1953 overthrow of the prime minister and subsequent backing of the brutal shah gave Ayatollah Khomeini an excuse to use his narrow interpretation of the Koran to establish a chauvinistic society, and that George W. Bush's current policy towards Iran gives Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an excuse to act the cowboy and tighten censorship.

Above all, this is a neat look at people coming up with ways to challenge the system. Not a great movie, but worth seeing. Considering that all Jafar Panahi's movies are banned, I wonder how he's able to even make them.


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