Première van documentaire over lesbisch voetbalelftal in Cambodja bij IHLIA op 17 juni

In samenwerking met IHLIA organiseert Document our History Now de première van Iron Legs, een documentaire over een lesbisch voetbalelftal in Cambodja van filmmaker Vanna Hem.

Free premiere of the documentary Iron Legs on 17 June

Cambodian filmmaker Vanna Hem is finishing up his film Iron Legs so that it will be ready for its premiere on 17 June. The event will be a co-production with International Homo/Lesbian Information center and Archive (IHLIA). Filmmaker Vanna Hem might be present. Moderator: Dennis Boutkan.


At the main branch of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), Theater van ’t Woord, at 3pm to 5pm on 17 June. Sign up for free. Mail your name(s) and mail address to

Sign up for free

You can sign up to attend this free premiere on 17 June simply by mailing the name(s) of those who will be attending to You receive further details by mail 10 days before 17 June.

About Iron Legs

Iron Legs is a documentary about a lesbian women’s soccer team in Cambodia.

Synopsis by Vanna Hem, filmmaker:
” Ms. Van Sovan, 56, is a lesbian working in the Department of Youth, Sport and Education and has been in charge of the provincial youth sport as a football coach in Cambodia, for the past seven (7) years. Since she was a young girl, she has always had an extraordinary passion for football. However, football was one of many sports and entertainments that were completely banned by the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), especially for young women.

Throughout 2011 and 2013, Sovan created a Lesbian Football team, one and only of its kind in the country. In spite of their talents, hard training and multiple victories, the team struggles with limited financial resources as well as social, cultural prejudices, verbal abuses, public humiliations and discriminations against the lesbian footballers”.

This documentary tells the story of the coach and a few of the girls of the team. The joy in sports unifies them, gets the best out of them, in a background troubled lives. A optimistic and encouraging story about a unique team in Cambodia.”

More on 17 june

The premiere of Iron Legs will be part of our presentation, in which we will tell about and show samples of other projects and developments. We will show the photo series Over the Black Rainbow, about the transwomen (Waria’s) of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Teaser Iron Legs

Teaser Iron Legs from Document Our History Now on Vimeo.

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