Sadaf Rahimi is the best female boxer in Afghanistan, but she must deal with her country’s traditions, fear and her own fate in order to be a free woman. Sadaf and her sister Shabnam joined the newly created women’s boxing team at the age of 13, when they returned to their country after being refugees in Iran. Her boxing and academic achievements will turn Sadaf into an example for many Afghan young women, but her path will not be without threats and difficulties.“Boxing for Freedom” is about women's empowerment and so the directors gave to Sadaf a camera to film part of her story. The documentary brings together the voices of the most progressive Afghan women in a turning point for Afghanistan because the rights of women are retreating. The documentary was filmed on location in Kabul (Afghanistan) during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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JUAN ANTONIO MORENO AMADORBorn in Talavera la Real (Spain) on 1982. The media work of filmmaker Juan Antonio Moreno explores the struggle for freedom and dignity in conflict situations.Boxing for Freedom is his first feature film. Previously to that he made documentary short films that were awarded and selected in national and international festivals. Among his works we can count Jóvenes y drogas (Youth and Drugs) (Reina Sofía Award in the Social Communication category, 2007), Kosovo, the Last Scar of the Balkans (Bárbara Ansón Award to Social and Cultural Documentaries, 2009), The Children of Mama Wata (selected for the Addis Ababa International Festival, Alcances Festival in Cádiz and Vivisectfest Human Rights Festival in Serbia).Moreno worked at the Spanish Public Television (TVE) and he studied Journalism and International Relations in the Carlos III University and the Complutense University in Madrid, where he currently lectures on documentary film making. He completed his education in the Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He is a founding member of the Madrid-based production company Making DOC.SILVIA VENEGAS VENEGASBorn in Santa Marta de los Barros (Spain) on 1982. Silvia Venegas has directed documentaries that delve into the stories of people who rebel against their fate.Boxing for Freedom is her directorial debut and first feature film. Venegas has directed the short documentary The Children of Mama Wata (selected for the Addis Ababa International Festival, Alcances Festival in Cádiz and Vivisectfest Human Rights Festival in Serbia) and the recently premiered Prescription Art.Venegas studied Journalism in the University of the Balearic Islands, Journalism in the Carlos III University and Audiovisual Media in the Antonio de Nebrija University. She is currently lecturing on documentary filmmaking in the Carlos III University and in the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a founding member of the Asociación Noestamosdepaso, devoted to promoting the documentary genre, as well as of the Madrid-based production company Making DOC.