Documentary – 80 minutes
Festival release date: March 11, 2015 (Hot Docs, Toronto)
Release date: January 27, 2017 (San Francisco)
Distributor: First Run Features
Despite a tangle of roadblocks and checkpoints, a thriving street car racing scene has emerged in the West Bank. Held at improvised tracks – a vegetable market, an old helicopter pad, a security academy – the races offer a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation. The fanfare and rivalry between cities brings spectators out in droves, lining rooftops and leaning over barricades to snap photos of their favorite drivers and to catch final times on the scoreboard. Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, five determined women – Marah, Betty, Noor, Mona and Maysoon – have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers. Known as The Speed Sisters, they are are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East.