"Speed Sisters is a film about the human drive to break through the obstacles in our lives and be true to ourselves and to our dreams." Amber Fares (Director)


SUMMARY

Fast, furious and feminine -the Speed Sisters are the Middle East's first all-woman car racing team. Defying the occupation, economic hardship and social pressure, they tear up race tracks in pursuit of their passion.

Speed Sisters give feminine power a whole new meaning -they are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. The West Bank, where they are from, has no formal racing tracks, nor do they even have proper racing cars -vehicles are customized from ordinary cars- and life under military occupation means hardship and constraints at every turn. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene, confronting stereotypes and challenges with good humour and guts. But the pressures threaten to tear their team apart. Weaving together the women's lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters offers a unique perspective on life under occupation and takes you on an eye-opening journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

FESTIVALS

2015 CPH:DOX, HOT DOCS, MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL BEST DOCUMENTARY, IRISH FILM INSTITUTE DOC FEST AUDIENCE AWARD, SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in Canada with Lebanese roots, Amber Fares is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and photographer. Her feature length directorial debut Speed Sisters, premiered at Hot Docs in 2015. Amber co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that explore social issues.

CREDITS


  • Director
    AMBER FARES
  • Cinematography
    AMBER FARES, LUCY MARTENS
  • Editing
    RABAB HAJ YAHYA
  • Participant(s)
    THE SPEED SISTERS (MARAH, BETTY, MAYSOON, NOOR, MONA)
  • Producer
    AMBER FARES, AVI GOLDSTEIN, JESSICA DEVANEY
  • Production Co.
    SOCDOC STUDIOS
  • Distributor
    DOGWOOF,