Story: In a culture where beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission are the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfillment, marriage, young Muslim women in Kiddirpur, Kolkata challenge stereotypes, learning boxing with Razia Shabnam, one of the first Indian women to become a boxing coach and an international referee. Burqa Boxers tells the story of Ajmira Khatoon, Taslima Khatoon and Parveen Sajda as they train with Razia Shabnam while negotiating poverty and tradition and learn to confront the biggest obstacle in their paths, fear. Fear of society, of family, of not fitting in...as they take the first baby steps on a journey towards an idea called empowerment. (Read more)

 

 

Razia Shabnam, Ekbalpore, Kolkata.

Razia Shabnam, Ekbalpore, Kolkata.

Coach Razia Shabnam.

Coach Razia Shabnam.

Ajmira Khatoon.

Ajmira Khatoon.

Ajmira boxing.

Ajmira boxing.

Taslima Khatoon.

Taslima Khatoon.

Taslima boxing.

Taslima boxing.

Parveen Sajda.

Parveen Sajda.

Parveen practices.

Parveen practices.

Shabnam Coaches Indira at New Light.

Shabnam Coaches Indira at New Light.