The Football Aficionado

It's time to man up

The Football Aficionado Defying the Iranian government's ban on women in football stadiums, 27-year old Zahra dons a moustache and enjoys live football matches disguised as a man. Her story proliferates over social media; soon, her simple initiative becomes an inspiration for Iranian women, and a symbol of resistance and change for her generation.

The Producers


Co-director – Sharmin Mojtahedzadeh
Sharmin Mojtahedzadeh is an Iranian filmmaker, producer, and photographer. Born in Tehran, Iran, Sharmin initially embarked on a career in Industrial Management, backed by an MBA degree and over 11 years of experience in the field. Starting her filmmaking journey in 2012, she has consistently highlighted themes of human rights, women's issues, and facets of humanity often overlooked in mainstream narratives.






Co-director – Paliz Khoshdel
Paliz Khoshdel is a freelance filmmaker, DOP, Editor, and Producer. He started his career in 2001 by making videos but also ethnographic and historical films. Since 2009, he has been working as a documentary and experimental filmmaker and producer. Many of his films are about Iranian youth and their underground activities.

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