Film still from <em>Out of the Ashes</em>. Image courtesy of the British Council

Film still from Out of the Ashes. Image courtesy of the British Council

The British Council John Grierson Documentary Film Series - Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club

  • Sun 17 Sep 2017
  • 4—5:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • British Council John Grierson Documentary Series
  • Free entry, donations appreciated
  • Booking essential
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated: G

This documentary follows the Afghan cricket team in their quest against the odds to qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club (aka 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 that of burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation.

This feature-length documentary premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Backed by BBC Storyville and Oscar-winning director and cricket fan, Sam Mendes, this film 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.


UK, 2010, Colour, 86 min., Dir. Tim Albone, Lucy Martens and Leslie Knott


Book your seat here

 

Poster for <em>Out of the Ashes</em>. Image courtesy of the British Council

Poster for Out of the Ashes. Image courtesy of the British Council

Event Info