Zainab and Nelofar want to be Afghanistan's first female ultrarunners. A challenge that is challenging in many ways. Physical as well as cultural. They know it will be hard, but they decide it is their way to help the Afghan women: by setting an example.
Following the brave women makes you a witness of their journey. The trainings, the harrassment, the precautions they must take to remain safe - and finally the ultramarathon in the Gobi desert of China.
The Gobi March's challenges include the changes in temperature - from the hot highlands to the stifling cold in the sand dunes - the open sun, potential sandstorms and a variety of terrain: soft sand-dunes, rocky tracks, steep hills, ridges and riverbeds.
The story is set against a backdrop of a conservative society and regular violence against women.
Female Superheroes is a series of interactive documentaries that centres around women who fight for women’s rights in challenging countries. An acitvist sexworker in Mozambique, a street artist in Cairo, a political activist in Birma and a survivalcoach in South Sudan.
The interactive documentary is a unique combination of 360-degrees photography, interactive videos, game dynamics, dialogues, dilemmas and comics.
Concept, story, production
Lighthouse Reports / Ludo Hekman, Klaas van Dijken,
Film and photography
Adriane Ohanesian (Mozambique)
Joel van Houdt (Afghanistan)
Cartoon and design
XNY / Michiel van der Ros
GROW fonds (oxfamnovib)
Special thanks to:
Kubra Jafari, Buzurgmeher Haidari, Stephanie Case, Sophia Pinho