Football Under Cover

Football Under Cover


86 min / 35mm (Original HDV) / 1:1.85 / color / DTS Digital / D 2007

Teheran in April 2006.
Iran’s national women’s team and a local Berlin women’s football team play their first official friendly match. The women in the audience are singing and dancing, girl power is in the air. Men are not allowed to enter today. Although their only desire was to play football together, it has taken the young women of both teams a whole year to get where they are today. Theirs has been a battle against testosterone, arbitrariness and oppression.

Production Flying Moon Film Production
Director Ayat Najafi / David Assmann
Cinematography Niclas Reed Middleton / Anne Misselwitz
Broadcast Jens Stubenrauch (rbb)
Dagmar Mielke (rbb/arte)
Funding Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Distribution Flying Moon Film Distribution GbR

Festivals (selection)

  • International Film Festival Berlin 2008
  • Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2008, Canada
  • Tribeca Film Festival 2008, NYC, USA
  • Silverdocs Film Festival 2008, USA
  • Tribeca Film Festival 2008
  • TLV International Film Festival 2008
  • 11mm Football Film Festival Berlin 2008
  • Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival 2008
  • Cines Del Sur Film Festival 2008
  • Transilvania International Film Festival 2008
  • Pink Apple Zürich 2008
  • Molise Cinema 2008

Awards / Nominations

  • Teddy Award, International Film Festival Berlin 2008
  • Volkswagen Audience Award, International Film Festival Berlin 2008
  • Audience Award, Pink Apple, Zürich 2008
  • Freedom Award, Outfest, Los Angeles 2008
  • Highest Award, Molise Cinema, Molise 2008
  • Prix Europa, Best Multicultural Television Programme of the Year 2009


  • arte 2009
  • rbb 2009

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