Erin Heidenreich; 2016; USA; 80 min. in English and Urdu with English subtitles
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Having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, this documentary tells the story of Maria Toorpakai, a rising star in the women's squash world, who grew up in “one of the most dangerous places on earth,” the extremely conservative Waziristan region of Pakistan. With the support of her family, Maria disguised herself as a boy in her younger years in order to play sports freely. Later achieving popularity as a woman on the international squash scene, her identity becomes apparent. When her family is targeted by the Taliban, Maria returns home, resolved to fight for her rights and break down gender barriers.