Author of the Year, Hangzhou West Lake Documentary Film Festival 2017, China

In the slums of Calcutta, Muslim girls try to escape poverty and seek empowerment through boxing.

In a culture where beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission are the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfillment, marriage, young Muslim girls knock out a few stereotypes learning boxing at a little club in Kiddirpur, Kolkata. Burqa Boxers tells the story of these warriors, Praveen Sajda, twenty one, Noorafroz Khatoun, twenty five, and Ajmera Khatoon, thirteen, as they train for the state amateur boxing championship.

Led by Razia Shabnam, one of the first Indian women to be a coach and an international referee, it will be the story of their hopes, aspirations, and frustrations as they pursue boxing while dealing with societal expectations.

Trailer – Burqa Boxers

Director: Alka Raghuram - 2016 - France - India - 84 minutes
Producer: 24images - Junoon Pictures

Festivals Selections

    • Hangzhou West Lake International Documentary Film Festival 2017, China
    • Mumbai International Film Festival 2016, India
    • New Orleans, International Film Festival 2017, USA
    • Clermont-Ferrand Festival Traces de Vie 2016, France
    • Open Doors, Locarno International Film Festival