Director Sarah Menzies talks about her film “Afghan Cycles” during a special private screening event at the Pickford’s Limelight Theatre in Bellingham. Menzies is a Ferndale High School graduate.

We had a fabulous event Thursday, January 17, at Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema. About 60 guests were treated to a special private screening of the documentary film “Afghan Cycles” directed by Sarah Menzies, a Ferndale High School graduate.

After the film, Menzies gave a brief talk about her experience with the film and traveling to Kabul, Afghanistan, and guests enjoyed a delicious Middle Eastern spread of dried fruits, nuts, hummus, cheese, olives, pita bread and mint tea.

The event coincided with an exhibit of women artists at the Allied Arts Of Whatcom County gallery featuring works by Francie AllenLaVera LangemanMary Jane Guettinger DavisPatti Fairbanks and Erin Libby.


Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a new generation of Afghan women pushing gender and cultural barriers by riding bicycles.

The film follows a diverse and growing group of women who are risking their honor and their lives for the joy and liberation of riding a bicycle. From rural cycling clubs to a National Cycling Team, these women are ushering in a new era for a country slowly awakening to global influence and inevitable cultural change. Intertwined, their stories lead us on a journey into a country of beauty and contradictions, through decades of upheaval and repression, to today; their innocent act of revolution a harbinger of a brighter future for women in traditionally male-dominated societies around the globe. Watch trailer here: