Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2010 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
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.
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.