Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2010 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Inshallah, Football
Category PUFS Fund
Project Inshallah, Football
Director Ashvin KUMAR
Country India
Director's Profile Ashvin is the youngest Indian director with an Academy Award Oscar nomination- Little Terrorist. The film has won over 20 awards, including the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA). Ashvin began working in theatre and, after a degree in Media and Communications at the University of London, he shot his first film Road To Ladakh starring Irrfan Khan (Namesake / Slumdog Millionaire). His second film, Little Terrorist became the first short film to get a theatrical release in India. His debut feature film The Forest is a thriller with an ecological message, is due to release in India later this year.
Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. Bashir Baba, a much-wanted leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was a Pakistan trained freedom fighter who has now given up the gun. Basharat Baba, his son has grown up under the shadow of a silent war, but yet, within it, he found in football his passion and fuel. Marcos, an Argentinean/Brazilian, is also a FIFA accredited football coach by profession; he has started a football academy called ISAT and an exchange program to Brazil for his most talented players. Basharat is one of them – to play football in the land of legendary Pele. The irony of it is that Basharat has been denied a passport by the Government of India. His crime? That his father was a member of Pakistan militant group. His story questions India’s claim of being the largest democracy on this planet.
Director's Note
A poet describes Kashmir ‘I am rowed through paradise, on a river of hell’. The land of my ancestors has been turned into a desolation, which the Indian establishment likes to call ‘peace’. I went home to Kashmir seeking the meaning of big words like justice and civilization. Then, when I met the people I follow in the film, I sensed that I had found a powerful and special lens through which the democratic credentials of my country would be tested. Inshallah, Football is a very personal human story, one of hope and despair, of daring to be free and the difficulty of dreaming.
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