Existing as a woman in Iran can mean facing frequent inequality and oppression. Fortunately, women there remain steadfast in their bravery, ingenuity, and willingness to step outside their prescribed roles and onto a surfboard.
Until now, seeing a woman surf in Iran was unheard of. Into the Sea, a new documentary by French filmmaker Marion Poizeu, follows the story of a woman bringing the sport to Iran. In the film, pro-surfer Easkey Britton teaches Iranian snowboarder Mona Seraji, and Iranian diver Shalha Yasini how to catch a wave. Together, they form Iran's first female surf club, Waves of Freedom.
The concept is definitely empowering, particularly to women and girls from such a restrictive society. In an interview, Britton explains why the sport is such a huge influence on the lives of these women:
Once you get in the water the rules and norms of society dissolve and the power of the ocean to connect and spread happiness is huge.
Check out the awesome video and photos below.