Rabu, 19 September 2012

Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story - Première on October 3 in London!

The documentary film 'Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story' will première at the 'Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival' at Everyman Cinemas at Belsize Park in London on Wednesday, October 3 at 21.00 GMT. I myself will be around for the première as I am part of the documentary by giving my opinion and insights on Indian football.

The documentary film has been made by AdHoc Films, the makers of the critically acclaimed documentary 'The Four Year Plan'. It is a journey of two young footballers from the South Mumbai Football Challenge to the Academy at Queens Park Rangers FC with contributions from eminent journalists and football specialists about the difficult subject of Indian football.

Shot over two and a half years, this documentary follows the young hopefuls from the backstreets of Mumbai to London, as they embark on an incredible journey to realise their dreams. Soon the age old questions of whether sport success is nature or nurture, talent or opportunity, are brought to the fore.

Director Daniel Glynn said about the film, "We've been given a privileged and unique insight into a country described as (actually your direct quote Arunava!) footballs last frontier."

"But at its heart, this is a discussion not just about this huge and relevant subject. It's the human story of two boys who share the same dream, to play professional football. Their story in many ways gives the film its emotional core and hopefully makes the wider discussion even more powerful to a global audience. I'm certain it's only a matter of time before we see Indian football having a greater presence on the world stage," Daniel added.

While his colleague Mat Hodgson said, "Making Sleeping Giant has been a fascinating journey that has a duality. On one level we have a case study of plucking two boys from obscurity and giving them a platform to show and develop talents. This has brought into the light the age old debate about sport being about ability or opportunity. Secondly, it has brought the vast question of why Indian football barely registers on a global football scale. The world has a population of 7 billion and India is 1.2 billion. When you look at it like that it defies logic even on the most basic level. We found during the making of this that the hunger is there but the system needs grabbing by the scruff of the neck by someone visionary. India's strength is it's population and with that brings vast sponsorship and commercial opportunities which can fund a football revolution. They can definitely can do it."

Here for more information about tickets for the London première at Belsize Park:

Here the link to the Facebook Fanpage www.facebook.com/SleepingGiantfilm

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