Pink Card
  • Shima Oliaee (United States of America)

Iran's national soccer stadium is named ‘Azadi.’ That means ‘freedom.’ But Iranian women have been banned from that stadium – and from all live soccer games – since 1981. Three generations of women dared to defy that. They've protested at the gates, subverted officials, and dressed in male drag to sneak in. Some were imprisoned, and one young woman nicknamed "blue girl" lost her life. In this podcast series Pink Card, Shima Oliaee (Dolly Parton's America, Radiolab) tells a four-decade story of resistance with roots in soccer. Part memoir, sports drama, social history and caper, Pink Card traces Oliaee's Iranian-American history with her mother's love of soccer, and follows the intertwining stories of the Iranian women who risk their lives for the simple joy of watching a game. When massive protests begin over the murder of Mahsa Amini, each woman reckons with the battle she's been fighting for the future of Iran. It will forever change how you view fandom and freedom. Media of publication: Shirazad Productions in partnership with ESPN 30 for 30 Proof of Publication:


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