AFGHAN CYCLES follows young Afghani women, who brave physical danger and cultural taboos to follow their love of racing bicycles competitively in contemporary Afghanistan.
Afghan Cycles was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, as well as the Best Documentary Feature at the Brooklyn Film Festival, both in 2018.
Sarah Menzies and her team follow young women in Kabul and Bamiyan Province as they join the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team and learn bicycle racing under very difficult conditions.
A main focus of the film is Frozan, whose mother – pictured above with Sarah Menzies – encouraged her to join the team, a dream she had not been able to achieve for herself.
Not only girls are inspired by the women’s racing. In Bamiyan young boys expressed the desire to emulate them as well.
Afghan Cycles is featured at this year’s Mendocino Film Festival on Saturday, June 2nd, at the Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg at 10:30 a.m. More information at:
It will also be featured at The BZN International Film Festival on Saturday morning, June 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rialto Black Box. More information at: