19th January, 2022 / 13:00 - 14:00
26th February, 2019
Enabling, Preserving and Shifting African Womanhood through Digital Documentary, by Dr Catalin Brylla
The documentary film ‘Zanzibar Soccer Dreams’ (2016), directed by Professor Florence Ayisi (University of South Wales) and Dr. Catalin Brylla (University of West London), highlights the transformation of women taking place in the playing fields of Zanzibar, where the benefits of soccer as a uniting force and a development tool are evident. Today, young girls have equal opportunities to play soccer in schools.
Women’s Soccer has truly gone mainstream, and is becoming part of popular culture and imagination. It is also a dream come true for the sportswoman who founded the first female soccer team, Women Fighters Team. Nassra J. Mohammed has been the architect and inspiration for developing women’s soccer in Zanzibar since the late 1980s. The government has listened and responded positively by changing its policy to allow young girls to participate in soccer as part of sports education.
Young girls in schools are now more determined and vocal about their rights to play soccer. Through different activities, we see the excitement of the changing soccer landscape in Zanzibar. We hear about the memorable experiences of the players who went to Germany. Young girls speak about their dreams, the challenges and hope for the future.
Dr. Catalin Brylla is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London. His research aims for a pragmatic understanding of documentary spectatorship with regards to social cognition, stereotypes, embodied experience and representation.