Maria Toorpakai Wazir
Enabling Peace Through Sports
November 9th, 1:00-3:00 pm
In the Taliban controlled area of Waziristan sports for women are decried un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, by pretending to be a boy. She’s now a world-renowned athlete and a flashpoint in her country’s battle over feminine identity. Her name is Maria Toorpakai Wazir, the young woman known as Genghis Khan.
Maria Toorpakai is a professional squash player, currently ranked as Pakistan's number one female player and among the top fifty players in the world. She resides and trains in Toronto, Canada, under former professional squash player Jonathon Power. Toorpakai recently released an autobiography titled A Different Kind of Daughter, and is the sister of Ayesha Gulalai, who is the first tribal and youngest woman to sit in the Pakistani Parliament.
The Toronto International Film Festival also released the World Premiere of the documentary GIRL UNBOUND: The War to Be Her, following Maria as she journey’s back to Pakistan to be with her family and continues her dreams to feel free while playing in Pakistan.