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

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26 May 2006 (Austria) See more »
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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sima Mobarak-Shahi ... First girl
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
Mohsen Tabandeh ... Ticket seller
Reza Khayeri ... Bus Passenger
Karim Khodabandeh ... Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammed Moktar Azad ... Haji
Joad Abed El Gani
Reza Fashani ... Old man
Mirian Kader
Orock Orock
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Directed by
Jafar Panahi 
 
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Jafar Panahi 
Shadmehr Rastin 

Produced by
Jafar Panahi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yuval Barazani 
Korosh Bozorgpour 
 
Cinematography by
Rami Agami 
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Jafar Panahi 
 
Production Design by
Iraj Raminfar 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Watkins .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Evans .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steven Ghouti .... sound re-recording mixer
Nezamoddin Kiaie .... sound
Nick Roberts .... adr recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamyar Sheisi .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
 

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Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements
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93 min | Germany:88 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
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This film just like other films of director, Jafar Panahi is banned in Iran.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
comedy can lighten pretty much anything, 14 January 2008
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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