Screening of “Speed Sisters” – Oct. 5th 2016

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Speed Sisters

Wednesday 5th October 2016
at Leytonstone Library

Speed Sisters

Directed by Amber Fares

  • Year: 2015
  • Countries: Palestine, USA, Qatar, UK, Denmark & Canada
  • Running time: 78 mins.
  • Classification: (PG)
  • Watch a clip here

Speed Sisters is a 2015 documentary film by Amber Fares that follows the all-female Palestinian racing team the Speed Sisters and explores the social issues surrounding their career

Summary:

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.

Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Comments:

The film details the myriad problems the women encounter while racing for the Palestinian Motor Sports and Motorcycle Federation, founded in 2005. The races are held in such locations as a vegetable market and a helicopter pad, although in recent years they've found a home base in Jericho. Simply getting around is a logistical nightmare, with Israeli military checkpoints omnipresent.

Interweaving the personal stories with rough-hewn footage of the racing competitions, Speed Sisters is an entertaining portrait of its engaging subjects who have become instant role models for young Palestinian women.

Screening on October 5th 2016, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London. See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe here.
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