Afghan Cycles


TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 8:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 4:00 PM
Aga Khan Museum Sun, May 6, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Silence Breakers
Film Subjects:Feminism & Breaking Barriers
Her Story
Sports & Recreation
Central & West Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sarah Menzies
Producer(s):Shannon Galpin
Anna Brones
Sarah Menzies
Executive Producer(s):Caryn Capotosto
Editor(s):Tony Hale
Writer(s):Jenny Nichols
Tony Hale
Sarah Menzies
Cinematography:Sarah Menzies
Jenny Nichols


Susan B. Anthony once said that the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. Creating a sense of mobility, movement but most importantly freedom, the bicycle has been a revolutionary vehicle for change throughout history. But in Afghanistan, the stakes are much higher for woman who cycle. While not technically illegal, riding a bicycle in Afghanistan is seen by many as a morality crime that could result in imprisonment or even the loss of life for women who dare to defy this belief. This extraordinary film tells the tale of a cycling group in Bamiyan, spearheaded by one woman who teaches girls to ride as a means of independent transportation and freedom and with dreams to compete nationally. Breaking through their often chaotic and painful daily existence, they find peace and independence in the mountainous province of Bamiyan as they cycle towards a changed and more independent culture for the women of Afghanistan. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with The Spark of Hope Foundation.

Silence Breakers program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

Additional Information

NOW - 3 Stars

The Globe and Mail - "At Toronto's Hot Docs festival, a distinctly female gaze"

Reel Screen - "Hot Docs ’18: Sarah Menzies talks “Afghan Cycles”"

NOW - "Ten must-see Hot Docs films focusing on women's stories"

She Does the City - "10 Powerful, timely, weird & wonderful films you should check out at Hot Docs 2018"