2016 / 84 minutes / Production : 24 images, Junoon Pictures (India)
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.
Open Doors, Locarno International Film Festival