Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women's rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a ...
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Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women's rights - 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 infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.
Afghan Cycles is a feature-length documentary about the growing movement of women in Afghanistan risking their honor and their lives for freedom, independence and the simple joy of riding a bicycle. From rural cycling clubs to the National Cycling Team, a new generation of Afghan women are aggressively pushing gender and cultural barriers and ushering in a new era for a country that is awakening to global influence and the possibility of social change.
DVD: No menu; no subtitles for English.
Kabul 2013; mother, "My hope is not only for my daughter, but for all the people of Afghanistan, especially for the girls & women, to be free to stand on their own feet." Female cyclist, "I don't have the freedom to ride my bicycle outside any time I want or to go outside at all."
The Taliban came with forced marriages, underage marriages, & honor killings; a girl could be killed just for riding a bicycle. Very, very brave of the families that support the cyclists given the harassment & risk of death (Farkhunda).
The US president seems not to respect women's rights, & our democratic foundation whether w/the Kurds or Afghans. However he is monetarily supportive of his authoritarian "good friends" Russia's Putin, China's Xi Jinping, & accommodating to the Taliban.
Note: if they come to power on their infidels' list is to kill girls that ride bicycles
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