Almost exactly a year ago we first heard about Speed Sisters, the documentary about Palestinian female racing drivers and drifters. It was just an announcement really about a documentary, and sometimes these things fizzle out. Now though, it seems like it's actually on track, and it looks great.
In case you've forgotten, Speed Sisters tells the story of Texas-born Noor Daoud, who not only has been on the Palestinian Olympic swim team and the soccer team, but has also raced in Formula 3, and her group of friends who race and drift cars. That on its own would be pretty neat to watch, but the social dynamics almost play an entirely new character as well.
What really helps this film is unlike every other documentary about the Middle East, it seems to avoid dwelling too much on the conflict and instead focuses on the people and the fascinating lives they lead. Hopefully, if it sticks to that, it can be a fantastic car movie with real people as the stars.
Speed Sisters is expected to be released in early 2014.