This year’s last YK-kino (UN Cinema) presents the moving documentary film Warriors in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Helsinki.
In a remote region in Kenya, the local Maasai community is faced with change. The traditionally male dominated society, in which women have few rights, is being challenged through its youth.
The young Maasai have formed a cricket team, relating the sport to their traditional hunting techniques. The film follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in an amateur championship competition.
But there is a darker heart to the story. As women have few rights – even to their own bodies – girls as young as six endure Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. Traditional practices such as these have also contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids, and now many believe the future of the Maasai is under serious threat. However, the Warriors cricket team are using their new-found unity on the field as an inspiration to those off it, attempting to educate and give young people a sense of belonging, support, and hope, while also taking a stand for the girls in their community. Can the cricket team really bring change to the region?
The documentary is followed by a debate.
Director: Barney Douglas
Duration of the film: 87 minutes
Languages: English, Maasai