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The War to Be Her

Season 31 Episode 7 | 1h 14m 44s | Video has closed captioning.

In the Taliban-controlled area of Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan, where sports for women are decried as un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their houses, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy so she can play squash freely. As she becomes a rising star, however, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family.

Aired: 07/23/18

Expired: 03/15/20

Rating: TV-PG

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