Speed Sisters begins with a scene that feels like it could take place anywhere in the world: with humble hatchbacks and older BMWs ripping their way around an autocross course, blazing past bright orange cones while their drivers pull handbrakes to negotiate hairpin corners at speed.
Of all the car-related documentaries to come out in recent years, one of the films we’ve been most excited about has been Speed Sisters, which chronicles the story of the first all-woman racing team in the Middle East. At last, it’s making its U.S. debut this weekend at the DOC NYC festival in New York.
Motorsports has been a male dominated world since forever, but some pioneering women called the Speed Sisters are chipping away at that status quo with determination to develop their talents behind the wheel and make car racing more accessible to other females who will follow them.
Like all Americans of taste, we can't get enough of Anthony Bourdain, so we were especially pleased to see his new CNN show "Parts Unknown" didn't skip the Speed Sisters all-female racing team when he went to the West Bank. "A car doesn't know if you're a woman or a man."
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 January, we read about a woman named Noor Daoud — born in Texas, former member of the Olympic swim team, former player on the Palestinian national soccer team — currently racing cars in Formula 3.
Palestinian Sahar Al Jawabrah races in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
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