SPAIN / AFGHAN BOXING GIRL

15-May-2019 00:02:42
Determined to challenge the conservative traditions of her country Afghanistan, Sadaf formed the first women’s boxing team, winning medals for her country. As her fame grew, she began to receive threats, forcing her to seek asylum in Spain and start a new life there. UNHCR
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STORY: SPAIN / AFGHAN BOXING GIRL
TRT: 2:42
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2019, MADRID, SPAIN
SHOTLIST
1.Various shots, Aghan refugee boxer, Sadaf training
2.Wide shot, Sadaf training
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“I want to show how a young girl in Afghanistan, who can’t go out is fighting and boxing for her life. This is my aim.”
4. Various shots, Sadaf training
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“If there are no opportunities to do what you want, you should make them yourself.”
6. Various shots, Sadaf and Spanish filmmaker, Juan Antonio Moreno Amador walking together in Madrid
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Antonio Moreno Amador, Filmmaker:
“Cinema invites us to destroy our stereotypes and transform ourselves as people. And this type of story, of a young woman boxer fighting for her freedom, fighting with dignity for herself too, is always going to be an example for all of us.”
8. Various shots, Sadaf and Juan Antonio watching together the documentary film, Boxing For Freedom in a cinema
9. Various shots, Scene from the film
10.Various shots, Sadaf working as a gardener
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“There are so many things that women in Afghanistan want to do but they cannot talk. I want them to have their rights and walk by my side.”
12. Various shots, Sadaf training
STORYLINE
Growing up as a girl in Afghanistan was not easy for Sadaf. Restricted by the conservative Islamic traditions of her country, she felt that she would never be able to attain her dreams of going to university and finding work. One day, however, she watched a documentary that was to change her life.

It was about the world champion heavyweight boxer Mohamed Ali, and in one scene, Sadaf saw him sparring with his daughter Laila. At that moment, Sadaf decided she too would become a boxer. Within a few years, she was part of Afghanistan’s first women’s boxing team and she went on to compete and win medals.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“I want to show how a young girl in Afghanistan, who can’t go out is fighting and boxing for her life. This is my aim.”

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“If there are no opportunities to do what you want, you should make them yourself.”

A Spanish filmmaker decided to make a documentary about Sadaf and travelled to Afghanistan to document her struggle.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Antonio Moreno Amador, Filmmaker:
“Cinema invites us to destroy our stereotypes and transform ourselves as people. And this type of story, of a young woman boxer fighting for her freedom, fighting with dignity for herself too, is always going to be an example for all of us.”

As her fame grew, however, Sadaf and her family began to receive threats. Fearing for their safety and yet unwilling to give up boxing, Sadaf knew she would have to leave Afghanistan.

In 2017, when she was invited to the premiere of the documentary film ‘Boxing for Freedom’ in Spain, Sadaf took her chance and asked for asylum, which she was granted. In this safe environment, she has learnt Spanish, gone back to her studies and she has a job at a community project for Madrid City Council. When she has time, Sadaf makes sure she gets back in the boxing ring and she still hopes to compete professionally again. She hopes her example will inspire other Afghan girls to pursue their dreams.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sadaf, Afghan refugee:
“There are so many things that women in Afghanistan want to do but they cannot talk. I want them to have their rights and walk by my side.”
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