Speed Sisters

Times:

  • 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Amber Fares, Speed Sisters is the exciting true story of the Middle East’s first all-women driving team in the male-dominated Palestinian racing scene. With its tire-screeching scenes, fierce characters, and vibrant Middle Eastern indie soundtrack, Speed Sisters presents a dynamic story of the human drive to go farther and faster than you ever thought possible. Offering thrills and relief from life’s pressures and uncertainties, speed racing has taken off despite occupied Palestine’s roadblocks and checkpoints. Racers rip through improvised tracks and turn heads all across the West Bank. Rivalries erupt between cities and bring droves of fans trying to catch a glimpse of favorite drivers and final scores. Get behind the wheel with five women as they fearlessly navigate love, religion, and family pressures to pursue their dreams. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

Director: Amber Fares
Palestine | USA | Qatar | UK | Denmark | Canada (2016) • 118 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: First Run Features
Screening Sponsor: Aimee & Kamal Abu-Shamsieh and Sam Fares – Guarantee Real Estate

Reviews

"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." — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"Director Amber Fares strikes a perfect balance, telling a righteous, uplifting story of triumph against the odds without ever losing sight of the bigger political picture." — Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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." — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"Director Amber Fares strikes a perfect balance, telling a righteous, uplifting story of triumph against the odds without ever losing sight of the bigger political picture." — Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.