All-female Palestinian racing team wows audiences in the West Bank

First all-female racing team created in the West Bank

Female drivers are taking part in races

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The first all-female racing team has been created in the Middle East to compete against male teams.

A number of tracks have been created in the West Bank, part of the Palestinian Territories, for street car racing, and local people claim the races relieve the stress of living under military occupation.

Now the Speed Sisters have joined male drivers in the races, where they often compete for a title or bragging rights, according to Aljazeera.

The Sisters are the subjects of a new documentary film by Amber Fares, who says the female drivers love their community and their culture and they wanted to do what they loved with the community supporting them.

She also said that many men have supported the Palestinian women and often help them when they can.

Fares said her documentary is about "the human drive to break through the obstacles in our lives in order to be true to ourselves, and our dreams" and shows the flaws in the stereotypes about patriarchal Arab societies.

To find out more about the film and where you can watch it, click here.