Series host Shima Oliaee found soccer was a portal to her mother’s home country: Iran. Why did soccer mean so much to her? Shima and her mom meet a young Iranian woman and soccer fan, who’s been named an enemy of the state.
Growing up Iranian American, Shima Oliaee found her mother didn’t talk much about where she came from. Watching soccer, though, was a portal to Iran, a place that was in large part a mystery. Shima delves into the stories she didn’t hear growing up: Iran's mandated modernization and how soccer played a role, the women-led 1979 revolution, and her parents’ mistaken-identity love story. Shima and her mom meet Zeinab Sahafy, a young Iranian women and avid soccer fan whose love of the game led to her being named an enemy of the state.