Fatima Geza Abdollahyan “Kick in Iran“
Director Fatima Geza Abdollahyan documentary “Kick in Iran“ is about the first Iranian woman who qualified in Olympic Games. It was important event not just for Taekwondo fighter Sara and her coach but for all women in Iran who want equal rights and freedom in their country.
A viewer has an opportunity to watch physical and moral preparation for the Olympics. Two main characters – a fighter and her “master” – are very different from each other, although they both have to deal with a lot of pressure from society, where professional sport for a woman is considered a sin. In spite of the fact that the story is very interesting, especially with political context, “Kick in Iran” lacks action and variety of emotions. Every person who is preparing for something important in life has ups and downs, while in this film we can see only Sara’s efforts to persuade herself. We can’t deny the importance of Sara’s achievement, yet the film about this strong and beautiful woman is not as powerful.