Persian Language and Literature in the Department of Religious Studies screens an Iranian movie “Offside” directed by Jafar Panahi.
Female fans are not allowed to enter football stadiums in Iran. The movies is about a few girls masqueraded as males so they can slip into Tehran’s stadium to see a World Cup qualifying match. The ones who are caught and arrested are taken to a holding area and guarded by soldiers. One sympathetic soldier agrees to watch the game through a peephole and recount the action to the impatient fans. The film was shot in Iran but its screening was banned there.