面纱下的足球梦 Veil of Dreams
Iran has a civilization that dates back to 4,000 B.C. Today, the majority of its 70 million people are 1)Muslims. This is an oil and gas rich nation, but many still live in poverty. But some Iranian women have begun taking 2)tentative steps into the very male arena of football. Not just as kids, playing friendly games in the street, there’s nothing taboo about that; but as women, playing in international competition.
Before they reach 3)puberty, girls and boys may play together. But, beyond that, interaction between them, if they are not blood relatives, will be considered a serious offence. Many Iranians, especially men, have strong opinions about their women playing football, but there actually is nothing in Iranian law that 4)prohibits a woman from doing so, but only if she 5)abides by certain conditions. There are strict laws in place to protect a woman’s 6)modesty, and they are 7)rigorously enforced by the Iranian government. In Islam, the wearing of the 8)hijab, a head scarf, is a measure of a woman’s 9)conviction to God. In Iran, it is 10)mandatory.
Such regulations have made it difficult for women to pursue a sport, but some have 11)persevered. And unlike their western 12)counterparts, these women are covered from head to toe, only their hands and faces exposed. This is the only way they’ll be allowed to play.
For the girls on this team, the youngest 15, the oldest 30, playing at competition level is living a dream. Most are from working-class families and have come from some of the farthest reaches of Iran. But it’s 20-year-old Katayoun Khosrowyar, who has journeyed further than anyone to get here. She’s the most unlikely player on the team. Behind the outward uniformity of the training gear, is someone who is quite different from the rest of the team.
Katayoun Khosrowyar: I was born in the States, in the South, and I was there for 16 years, and then that’s when I moved to Iran. One summer I decided to come with my father and my younger sister to see what it’s like. And then, now that you know, I never went back.
This country, the people are most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. Because at first I was really quiet, I didn’t know what to say, what not to say. But, all of them, they started laughing with me, making jokes, especially because I have a bad accent in 13)Farsi. I couldn’t speak Farsi when I first came here.
I have been a person that had been deeply involved in(to) fashion, and what to wear, what not to wear. I’m covered head from[to] toe. I’m not wearing anything too flashy. It might be something different, but, after all, I was born and raised on the other side of the ocean. So, but I mean, people here dress like this as well.
In a place where much of a woman’s life is controlled by 14)doctrine, the act of 15)strapping on a pair of boots and playing competitive football, while still remaining true to the laws of the land, is perhaps a small, yet important step towards giving the Iranian woman a bigger voice in society.
Katayoun: I don’t understand, like, the American dream. Yeah, it is working for your goal and becoming, what? Becoming rich? Does rich make you anything? No. It’s the success you have with your own life and what you do and how you achieve it. Ya know, you can achieve that anywhere else in the world. And I’m achieving it right here, in my father’s country, now my country.