The Football Aficionado

عشق فوتبال

It is about a girl named Zahra. Zahra, a 27-year-old Iranian football enthusiast, avidly supports Persepolis, one of Tehran's biggest football teams. However, due to an unwritten law in Iran, women are prohibited from attending football games in stadiums. Despite facing gender-based discrimination, Zahra decides to challenge the status quo by disguising herself as a man to attend live matches.

Directors: Sharmin Mojtahedzade & Paliz Khoshdel | 2022 | 72 Min.
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Country: Iran

Screenings and tickets

Saturday 1 June 2024, 17:00

Friday 31 May 2024, 13:00


Selected Festivals:

  • International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana

  • Kerala International Documentary and Short Film Festival

  • Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napol


  • Best Asian Documentary at the Busan International Film Festival

  • Best Documentary (sport category) at the Cinema of The World International Film Festival

  • Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Festival of Independent Cinema


Paliz Khoshdel is a freelance filmmaker, DOP, Editor, and Producer. He started his career in 2001 by making videos but also ethnographic and historical films. Since 2009, he has been working as a documentary and experimental filmmaker and producer. Many of his films are about Iranian youth and their underground activities.

Sharmin Mojtahedzadeh is an Iranian filmmaker, producer, and photographer. Born in Tehran, Iran, Sharmin initially embarked on a career in Industrial Management, backed by an MBA degree and over 11 years of experience in the field. Starting her filmmaking journey in 2012, She has consistently highlighted themes of human rights, women's issues, and facets of humanity often overlooked in mainstream narratives.