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Football Under Cover

Football Under Cover
Scene from "Football Under Cover" (photo © Flying Moon/Assmann)

Tehran in April 2006: The first official friendly match takes place between the Iranian women’s football team and a Berlin girl’s team, in front of more than 1000 cheering female fans. The entire stadium is electric, charged with a high voltage of girl power, there is dancing and singing on the grandstand. A couple of men hang around in front of the gates, trying to sneak a peek over the fence. They are barred from entering today.

It has taken a year’s hard work for the girls of both teams to make today happen. Finally, after overcoming various obstacles, the game takes place. But these 90 minutes are about more than just a football game. The desire for self-determination and equality are being expressed here and it is clear – change is possible.


Ayat Najafi was born in 1976 in Tehran where he also studied Sceneography. He established a young theater company in 1995, while gaining professional experience and participating in several workshops with masters and professors of Iranian theater. In 2003, he established the Arta Atelier, focusing on an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to theater, as well as experimental short and documentary film. His films include: A Striped Dream (short, 2002), Slowly (short, 2002), Chance Meeting (short, 2003), My House (short, 2003), News from Tehran (documentary, 2004), Move It (short, 2004), The Forward Fear of the Penalty Kick (documentary, 2005), Let It Be (short, 2005), and Football Under Cover (2007).

David Assmann was born in 1978 and went to school in Berlin, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Santa Monica und Konstanz. Since 2001, he has been studying Media Dramaturgy at the University of Mainz and works on various film, theater, radio and exhibition projects.
Genre Society, Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Directors Ayat Najafi, David Assmann
Screenplay Ayat Najafi, David Assmann, Corinna Assmann, Valerie Assmann
Cinematography Anne Misselwitz, Niclas Reed Middleton
Sylke Rohrlach
Niko Schabel
Cast Niloofar Basir, Narmila Fathi, Sanna El-Agha
Producers Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Helge Albers, Patrick Merkle
Production Company Flying Moon Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Assmann/Berlin, in cooperation with RBB, ARTE
Length 86 min
Original Version
 German/English/Farsi
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Berlin 2008 (Perspectives German Cinema), Tribeca 2008, Hot Docs Toronto 2008
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Flying Moon Distribution/Berlin

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