Khalida Popal, the subject of Nina Holmgren’s latest film, is an Afghan football player fighting discrimination and promoting women’s rights in the embattled country through the world’s most popular game—one whose narratives are typically dominated by its male stars. 

Fired up by her love of the sport, Khalida has been motivated by one goal only: to see football reach as many people as possible. 

As Holmgren explains, “Khalida Popal is a modern sports icon.”

Watch it as part of her reel.