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Sara Khoshjamal Fekri is a world class martial artist whose skills in Tae Kwon Do led her to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Khoshjamal Fekri is also Iranian, which means she had some unusual obstacles to overcome on the way to the Olympics. Khoshjamal Fekri was the first female athlete from Iran to compete in the Olympics, and in accordance with Islamic law she is not allowed to train or practice with male athletes and must wear a head scarf and a uniform that covers her legs and body at all times. Even though she must work within a patriarchal theocracy that makes it difficult for her to compete, with the help of her trainer Maryam Azarmehr, Khoshjamal Fekri has gone where no other Iranian woman has stood before, and filmmaker Fatima Geza Abdollahyan chronicles her remarkable journey in the documentary Kick In Iran. The film shows Khoshjamal Fekri as she practices with Azarmehr, offers a look at her life at home (which unwittingly reveals the double standards of Iranian culture) and follows her to Beijing for the biggest match of her life. Kick In Iran received its North American premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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