“The eye that leaves the village sees further”
First things first. This is not a cricket film like Death of a Gentleman.
This is a film about a bunch of incredibly brave men who took up playing cricket in their Maasai warrior clothing to spread their message. A message that they took from their remote village in Kenya all the way to London to Lords, the traditional home of cricket, which welcomed them with open arms.
This is a film about how these men slowly wore away at the deeply entrenched thinking of their elders to bring about peaceful change in their community.
This is a film about the power of sport and the global platform it can provide.
This is a film about the difference men can make in the fight for womens’ rights.
This is a film that should inspire men all over the world.
As the director Barney Douglas himself put it in the Q&A that followed the screening, if you asked me three years ago to watch a film about how to end FGM on a Friday night, I would have looked sheepish, passed on the offer and probably gone to the pub.
I’m pretty glad I watched this film last Friday night.
Watch it and let us know what you think.