Cricket likes to think of itself as more than a sport. There's something called The Spirit of Cricket which is about a spirit of fairness and respect for all involved in the game - your opponents, your team, and the community in which you play. It's a sport that brings together people around the world from backyard and beach matches to club cricketers to Test Matches at the apex of the game. And over time, it is not too melodramatic to say that it has helped bring together and heal communities. One of the most eloquent expressions of this is Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakarra's MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture in which he tells how cricket unified a country riven by civil war.
But cricket can have a positive influence far beyond the Test playing nations, and in his new documentary, director Barney Douglas shows how cricket is helping to change lives and attitudes among the Maasai community in Kenya. What's more impressive is that this deeply moving story is told with wit, passion and some of the most stunning cinematography seen in a sports documentary (not to mention a superb sound-track). It's a movie with an important message, but it never feels ponderous or hectoring. The message is elegantly woven into a classic underdog story that leaves a lasting impression.