Sadaf is not only the best female boxer in Afghanistan, but she also represents the empowerment of a new generation of Afghan women. It is not common to meet girls like Sadaf in Kabul, much less in the rest of the country. Besides, her personal story is linked with the last 20 years of Afghan history.
Sadaf is not only young, but brave and humble, that is why she became a symbol of struggle for the human rights of afghan women and she has also been recognised by the most progressive women in the country. Our documentary brings together the voices of these women that they are also mothers, teachers, activists or sportwomen.
We decided to give Sadaf a camera during the shooting to empower her even more so that she could decide what to film and show us. The shooting began when Sadaf was 17 years old and it has finished four years later. During this time Sadaf has been aware of her role in the Afghan society and she has faced her destiny becoming a model for other young girls.
BOXING FOR FREEDOM highlights the importance of the family and the school as core of protection and development of the individual freedom.
Telling Sadaf’s story was not easy, but as well as she did, we have also learnt to overcome the fear, to face new obstacles and to fight for our dreams even in the worst possible scenarios.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Silvia Venegas, Juan Antonio Moreno
Written by : Juan Antonio Moreno, Silvia Venegas
Produced by : Juan Antonio Moreno, Silvia Venegas
Director of Photography : Alberto Gonzalez
Editor : Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2015