Magazine article Screen International

Speed Sisters to Premiere as Ajyal Opener

Magazine article Screen International

Speed Sisters to Premiere as Ajyal Opener

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World premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters to open Doha Film Institute's second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

The second Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Dec 1-6), presented by the Doha Film Institute, will open with the world premiere of Speed Sisters by Amber Fares.

The documentary centres on the Middle East's first all-woman racing team, following a group of young Palestinian women in the West Bank's streetcar motor racing scene.

The debut feature of Lebanese-Canadian director Amber Fares explores five subjects and what motivates them to compete as they challenge social expectations, community politics and family dynamics while also facing restrictions of movement by the Israeli military occupation.

The film was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute and Doha Film Institute's grants programme, along with a variety of international film funds and hundreds of crowdfunding backers.

Fatma Al Remaihi, festival director and acting CEO of Doha Film Institute, said: "Our festival is dedicated to bringing generations together through cinema, and Speed Sisters is a wonderful example of a film that explores some of the questions and challenges faced by young people in our region around notions of tradition and modernity. …

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