Afghan Cycles

Afghan Cycles

What Lengths Would You Go To In Order To Ride A Bicycle?

A Cowley Road Works Freewheeling Event in Association with the Oxford Festival of the Arts and the UPP

What lengths would you go to in order to ride a bicycle? Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.

Afghan Cycles follows members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul, and young riders in the Bamiyan region who are using mountain bikes to commute to school and run errands. For all of them, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. But sometimes, the danger and obstacles can prove too much, as we learn when one of the main characters flees to France to secure a better situation and future for herself and her family.

Meet the producer

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with producer Shannon Galpin. Shannon is a public speaker, producer, and the author of two books, including her memoir, Mountain to Mountain. Shannon is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports.

Date: Sunday 17th June Time: 15.30-18.00
Venue: Ultimate Picture Palace
£9.50/ £8.50 / £8 / Discount available for UPP members


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