"Warriors" is a documentary about the Maasai Cricket Warriors who, on the plains of Kenya, have dropped their spears for cricket bats and formed a cricket team. They now dream of playing in the Last Man Stands tournament in England - a pilgrimage of sorts to the 'home of cricket'.
However, there is a darker heart to their journey. Their community is male-dominated, women have few rights - even to their own bodies - and HIV is both rife and stigmatised. In some cases children are married off in return for livestock or alcohol, and girls as young as 6 are circumcised. Indeed, beyond the initial pain & psychological trauma, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) causes considerable health problems and puts the girls at high-risk of infection.
These 'Cricket Warriors' feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage, and development is something that resonates across the globe - even in the game of cricket itself.
And it's cricket that's given these young guys a status. Their peers are beginning to listen to them; schoolchildren - both boys and girls - are looking up to them. In a world where sport has become a commodity, it's easy to forget that it still holds a strong inspirational power. But there is also scepticism about what they can really achieve and whether they are to be taken seriously - not just from the elders, but from some women as well. Do they practice what they preach? Can they really make a difference? How far can this team go?
One of the strengths of this film is that it appeals to a number of different audiences. Some people will be in love with Africa; some people will have a huge interest in the lives and history of the Maasai; some people will be concerned about social issues relating to HIV/AIDS, FGM, and women's rights. Others will just love cricket.
And cricket is key, it's what's carrying these Warriors forward, and it's a global game. Millions and millions love the sport all around the world; from England to India, Australia to the West Indies, New Zealand to South Africa, Pakistan to Sri Lanka.
We've already shot in England, India and Sri Lanka, and we're keen to get across the colour, light, and passion involved in the game. It puts what the Maasai cricketers are doing into context - cricket is a big deal, people across the world will be watching - and it's great for the game too. It's has been a tough few years for cricket, what with betting scandals, mercenary players and big money corporate leagues, and this kind of story can remind people of why they played the game in the first place. What it means to them.
It's a great honour and massive coup for us to also have England Cricketer James Anderson on board as an Executive Producer. He is a modern great of the English game, and his knowledge, contacts, and profile will be absolutely fantastic for the film. He's also contributed towards some truly AMAZING perks and gifts.
The aim is to get "Warriors" into the Kenyan education system via schools & colleges and inspire young people across the globe.
Join us on this incredible journey and play your part in the production of "Warriors". Find out how you can get your name on the official credits list of the film lighting up on the big screen, here: www.indiegogo.com/warriorsfilm
There are also great rewards and perks up for grabs including limited edition autographed cricket souvenirs!
The Maasai Cricket Warriors
Watching the game from the boundary
"On the ball . . ."
Nissan Ole Meshami leaving after cricket practice (notice the cricket bag on the back)
Captain Sonyanga ponders over the future
Mzee Ng'ais expressing that it's time for change amongst the elders
The innocence of not knowing the suffering
Smashing through boundaries. . . 'Batting' for women's rights & 'bowling out' AIDS
What does the future hold . . .?
"WARRIORS" - The Film
"WARRIORS" - Maasai Cricket Documentary Promo