Under the Taliban, the freedom of women in Afghanistan was almost entirely curbed. For five long years, they went through life veiled, preferably indoors, excluded from education and, of course, sports. Now that fundamentalists are no longer in power, some women are seizing their chance to do what they couldn't before. The women of the national soccer team play with covered arms and legs (and when the camera's rolling, with headscarves). Because of security, no other international team has ever come to play them in Afghanistan, and NATO's women soldiers are no match.
But then the national team gets invited to participate in a tournament at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad. For the soccer players, it's the first time that they will play a full-fledged game on a real soccer field. Afghan Girls Can Kick follows the players during practice and games, zooming in on the circumstances of the individual team members. Growing up under the repression of the Taliban regime, the girls are still living with daily danger and insecurity, but they are ambitious and hopeful about the future.