25 September 2020

Film: Afghan Cycles – Breaking Barriers on Two Wheels

September 7, 2015

The Afghan Cycles project looks at the barriers facing female cyclists in Afghanistan through insights into the lives of the Afghan National team as well as women and girls who just want to use the bike for freedom, transport and enjoyment.


In order to get this film made into a full feature, the team behind it have launched a crowd funding site on Kickstarter, not only can you help to get this project off the ground for as little as $10, but for $50 you get a digital link to watch the premiere simultaneously – sounds like a great night in with your cycling friends or club mates.

Sarah Menzies is the woman behind the project:

“In the beginning of 2013, we traveled to Afghanistan to film a short documentary the National Women’s Cycling team. To fund this production, we ran a Kickstarter campaign. Shortly after we began interacting with these women and learning more about them, we realized that this wasn’t just a short documentary to profile the National Team.


To do this story justice, it would have to become a feature length film, focused not just on the National Team, but on the brave female cyclists all over Afghanistan who are pushing gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom of mobility, independence, and social change. From a rural team in Bamiyan to a cycling club riding the busy streets of Kabul, these women are ushering in a new era for a country that is awakening to global influence – risking their honor and their lives for the joy and liberation of riding a bicycle. This is the story of Afghan Cycles.”

Watch the original trailer here:

Find out how the project has progressed and back the project here: Afghan Cycles on Kickstarter

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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