With his new film Offside, director Jafar Panahi (Crimson Gold, The Circle) decided to use a real-life experience as the inspiration for a fictionalized story. Set in Tehran (the capital city of Iran), Offside follows a day in the life of a group of young Iranian girls desperate to watch their football (or soccer) team's World Cup qualifying match against Bahrain live and in person at the stadium in Tehran. The only problem is women are forbidden from entering the stadium during a football match because of the potential dangers they might face when mixed in with a bunch of rowdy, foul-mouthed fans.
Thus, the girls go to great lengths to disguise themselves as men in an attempt to sneak past the guards and gain access. What follows is a hilarious (and at times, poignant) glimpse into the life of hardcore football fans denied the simple luxury of watching their hometown team toss a ball around all because of their sex, and the harsh realities that go along with being a woman in a country that refuses to treat them as equals.