Warriors follows a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have formed a cricket team. They improvise hunting techniques – the ball is the spear, the bat is the shield – to learn how to play.
The film follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in the amateur Last Man Stands World Championship, complete with their traditional flowing red robes, they are an awesome sight.
But there is a darker heart to the story. The Maasai are male dominated, women have few rights – even to their own bodies – and girls as young as six have suffered Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. The Warriors cricket team are using their new-found unity on the field as an inspiration to those off it, attempting to educate and give young people a sense of belonging, support, and hope. Can this most English of sports really bring change to this ancient region?
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Producer, Michael Elson, Director of Equality Now (Europe), Jacqui Hunt and Lucy Mills, Grassroot Soccer Business Development Manager (Europe), the discussion will be moderated by Carol Nahra.