The 2008 queerDOC festival will come to a close this week with a determined trip from the West to the Middle East in one of the most joyous expressions of sportswomanship you’ll ever see.

Football Undercover follows a Berlin women’s soccer team as they struggle against relentless bureaucratic odds to make a dream come true -” to travel to Tehran to play the Iranian women’s soccer team, who have never been allowed to compete with an international team before.

This group of sporty women just want to kick around a field and make some new friends, but when cross-cultural politics come into play, this game might not be so easy.

While in Tehran the largely lesbian team from Kruezberg must observe strict codes of conduct: homosexual sex is forbidden and, when on the field, players must wear hijab at all times. Funny, thrilling and inspirational down to the final goal.

info: Football Under Cover is on Sunday 14 September, 7pm at the Chauvel, Paddington.

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