Out of the Ashes Review

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A feature length documentary that follows the Afghan cricket team on their mission to qualify for the World Cup 2011.


Sport was banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban. However, Taj Malik and his brothers kept cricket alive in a Pakistani refugee camp, and they not only proved instrumental in relaunching the game after the 2001 invasion, but also helped steer the national team to the 20/20 World Cup. Strewn with amusing, exciting and sometimes shameful moments, this inspiring documentary chronicles the side’s progress through the lower ranks of the ICC system, with highlights such as a victory over Jersey contrasting with Taj’s dismissal as coach. This is a fitting and utterly charming tribute to a dreamer who refused to be tyrannised into accepting defeat.

An inspiring and charming documentary that will appeal to more that just cricket fans.