Afghan Cycles is a short documentary film about the Women's National Cycling Team of Afghanistan.

"The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can't get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood." - Susan B. Anthony

Nowhere is this quote more true than in Afghanistan today. Afghan Cycles introduces the first women to ride bikes in the country, illustrating the gender and social barriers that the team is breaking, one pedal stroke at a time. Highlighting 4 of the 12 teammates, we look at their lives on and off the bike. From training on dangerous trucking highways to following them through a typical day in Kabul, the film shares the intimate story of these brave and passionate young women who feel free when they are on their bikes in an otherwise oppressive culture.

To understand the cultural shift that these women are igniting, we spoke with Parliament member and Presidential hopeful, Fawzia Koofi. She speaks to the conditions of women's lives in Afghanistan, and the cultural benefits of women in sport. We also sat down with Heather Barr of the Human Rights Watch who has been working in women's prisons throughout the country as an expert on women's rights in Afghanistan. Our characters also include the President of the Afghan Olympic Committee and the coach of the team, who both explore how the team was formed and their goals for the women.

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Comment by Terence Lamb on March 19, 2014 at 0:18
Inspiring film, I genuinely hope and pray these women can continue to ride freely over the coming years, moreover, a woman riding a bike, attending school, taking up a profession, entering politics becomes the norm, in Afghanistan.
Comment by Jim Gabriel on March 12, 2014 at 21:09

Impressive stuff! 

Comment by Corinne Black on March 5, 2014 at 5:55
Very interesting video Nick :)

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