The Maasai Cricket Warriors are currently engaged in the production of a documentary film called “Warriors”which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights.
“Warriors” is a documentary about the Maasai Cricket Warriors who, on the plains of Kenya, have incredibly formed a cricket team. Their dream of playing in the Last Man Stands World Championships in England – a pilgrimage of sorts to the ‘home of cricket’ was realized through the help of online funding communities who donated their their tickets and funds for other costs while they were in London. 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 stigmatized. In some cases children are married off in return for livestock or alcohol, and girls as young as 6 are circumcised. Indeed, beyon the initial pain & psychological trauma, Female Genital Mutilation causes considerable health problems and puts the girls at high-risk of infection.
The ‘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.
(To watch a promo clip of the documentary film and for more details visit: www.warriorsfilm.co.uk)
As gratitude to a sponsor who supported the team’s trip to participate in the Last Man Stands World Championships we would document and film their support and feature it prominently in the “Warriors” documentary film. The“Warriors” documentary film will target a global audience across all cricket-playing nations, so this is a great opportunity for a sponsor to get vast global mileage. The documentary last filming phase has been taking place from the beginning of this April in Laikipia and the crew are now back in London to finalize the final product. We look forward to its premier in September 2014.