Hey there – Warriors Director Barney Douglas here. I’m sitting in a hotel in Ahmedabad, where India have just beaten England in a Test match, and there’s fireworks and car horns going off all over the place. Cricket is a religion here! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in our documentary – it’s already been a hugely rewarding, moving, and in many ways life-changing experience for our small crew, and it means a hell of a lot that you’re taking the time to learn a little more.
I work for the England cricket team, producing their video content, interviewing the players. If you’re a cricket fan, you may have heard of Swanny’s Ashes Diaries – I produced those. I’ve long felt sport has huge emotive and inspirational power for social change – I think of Jesse Owens, Ali, Flower & Olonga & even London 2012 – but recently, with it’s commercial exploitation, perhaps some of that has been lost.
When I saw a photo of a Maasai Warrior playing cricket on World Aids Day last December (2011), and then discovered the story of why they’re playing the game, I immediately realised here was the film I’d been waiting for – something cinematic and visual which could light a fire in the bellies of the young and show that sport, and in particular cricket, could help achieve something beyond sponsors, contracts and broadcasting deals. It certainly lit a fire in me. (See the story here)