If you’re looking for a film to bowl you over this weekend, we’ve found just the thing- Out Of The Ashes.
Produced by popular British director and ex of Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes brings us a remarkable and moving documentary about the Afghan cricket team trying to qualify for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
On the face of it, unless you like cricket, this may sound pretty dull but this couldn’t be further from the reality. Set against the backdrop of war and poverty this isn’t your average Hollywood sports story.
Many of us don’t know much about Afghanistan other than what we read in the media about burqas and bombing, so this is gives us a wonderfully human side to a country far removed from us.
Documentary makers Leslie Knott and Tim Alborne set out to make the film about the cricket team, which had initially formed in the refugee camps of Pakistan, during their qualifying bid for the Cricket World Cup. They assumed it would be a short documentary, so no one was more surprised than the film makers by the success of the team. They ended up following the Afghan cricket team for the next three years as they just kept on winning.
Out Of The Ashes screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival back in June and received excellent reviews.
It is released in UK cinema’s today.
Take a look at the trailer below and see if you think you’ll be moved by this extraordinary story.