Best newcomer, Grierson Awards 2011
Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan men as they chase a seemingly impossible dream shedding new light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation. This feature-length documentary follows the Afghan cricket team in their quest against the odds to qualify for the World Cup. Backed by BBC Storyville and executive produced by Oscar-winning director and cricket enthusiast, Sam Mendes, Out of the Ashes follows the squad over two years as they go from playing in their shalwar-kameezes on rubble pitches to batting their way around the globe and up the international league tables. At a time when headlines from Afghanistan are dominated by news of death and corruption, the film reveals a more human side to this beleaguered country which has endured three decades of war and occupation.
A wonderful film, provocative in its hopefulness. Joseph ONeill, Author of Netherland
A marvellous arresting film. Nick Fraser, BBC Storyville
Filmic gold this film. Robert Fisk, Independent
Remarkable Mike Atherton
Tickets £5.00/3/50/2.00 – book online here
Screening hosted by Said Karimi as part of the Stoke Your Fires film festival. Supported by Propellor.