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For Afghanistan’s Women, Empowerment Comes on Two Wheels

For women, riding a bike in Afghanistan is viewed by society as controversial and provocative. National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin is committed to changing that view by seeking out young women who have the desire to ride. This short film from Let Media and Pongo Media Productions sheds light on their mission and emphasizes the dangerous risks these riders take. By “risking their lives for the joy of riding a bike” these women “are sparking a revolution” and inspiring others to do the same.

Learn more about Afghan Cycles, a full-length documentary about the project.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.