Produced by Fredrik Gertten
(see also The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower and An Ordinary Family)
2007, 57 minutes
Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125
Forget the NHL! Real stories of triumph and determination are being played out on a makeshift ice rink in India. Thin Ice is the inspiring story of a group of young girls who broke gender and religious barriers to compete in the national ice hockey tournament.
In northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, ice hockey has seen a remarkable surge in popularity. The National Ice Hockey Tournament, organized by the local Sportsman's Association, is a popular annual event, regularly drawing large crowds. In 2005, however, when a group of young girls decided to participate in the competition they were told women were not allowed to play ice hockey.
Thin Ice follows a tenacious and strong-willed Buddhist teenager, Dolkar, who takes it upon herself to put together a women's hockey team for the next tournament. With no equipment or funding, Dolkar and her teammates create everything from scratch, including skates, hockey sticks, and even the ice rink they need to practice on. With support from their school, they enlist the help of an American coach. And when they discover they don't have enough players for a regulation team, they embark on a dangerous trip through the mountains, close to war-torn areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, to a neighboring Islamic village where they're allowed to sign up Muslim girls for their team. After months of practice, they finally make it to the tournament. But will their hard work pay off? And will the men of their community come to realize that women can "lace up skates" with the best of them?
With the stunning beauty of the Himalayan Mountains as the backdrop, Thin Ice captures the remarkable journey of these brave and determined young women. It is a wonderful story of empowerment and surmounting incredible odds.
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Festivals & Awards* Winner, Honorable Mention, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, 2007
* Official Selection, Himalaya Film Festival, 2007
* Official Selection, One World International Film Festival, Prague, 2007
* Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, 2007
* Official Selection, Chicago International Documentary Festival, 2007
* Official Selection, HotDocs Film Festival, 2007
* Official Selection, Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, 2007
Reviews“Women's studies classes and young adults would enjoy this well-made film.” – Library Journal
“Wonderful! An intriguing look at current teenage life in northern India. The cinematography is well done, the surrounding scenery is gorgeous. Recommended.” - Educational Media Reviews Online