When one of the profiled figures in a documentary comments, “The smell of tear gas reminds me of my childhood,” it’s obvious that we’re not in Kansas anymore. Rather, Amber Fares’ film is set in Palestine, chronicling the Middle East’s first all-women race car team. Delivering a lively portrait of its trailblazing subjects while examining the cultural and political complications attendant to their pursuit of becoming the region’s “Fastest Women Driver,” Speed Sisters is an eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes.
The team consists of drivers Marah, Mona, Betty and Noor, as well as their manager Maysoon, all of whom reveal sharply distinct personalities. The film details the myriad problems the women encounter (…). Simply getting around is a logistical nightmare, with Israeli military checkpoints omnipresent.
Interweaving the personal stories with rough-hewn footage of the racing competitions, Speed Sisters is an entertaining portrait of its engaging subjects who have become instant role models for young Palestinian women.
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Director Amber Fares will attend the screenings of Speed Sisters at Kinopalatsi 8 on 22nd of September at 6.30 PM and at Maxim 2 on 23rd of September at 6.15 PM.