Like most, if not all, of Jafar Panahi’s films, Offside was banned from ever screening in Iran because it was considered politically and socially subversive. The film is about a group of young women who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match by sneaking into the stadium – a place where women are banned from entering. In June 2005, the Iran’s national soccer team has an important game against Bahrain in the Azadi Stadium for the qualification of the World Cup.
The screening of Offside is part of the Silenced Films Series. This series, co-presented by Jacob Burns Film Center, features weekly screenings of international films banned or censored around the world.
The screening of Offside is free and will be shown on Thursday, July 14, from 8:00 until 10:00 pm at the City of Asylum Alphabet City Tent, located at 318 Sampsonia Way. This event is BYOB. For more information, or to reserve your free seat, visit the Silenced Films: Offside event page.