Good Afternoon Lovelies, 

And how are all of you? Well I hope! I have returned from university and before I run off to help my mum with some stuff, I wanted to share with you all this very exciting release news from Verve Picture lovelies! 

Because on the 13th November, the film company will be releasing ‘Warriors’ at the Hollywood Film Festival, where it will have its World Premiere lovelies! Directed by Barney Douglas, the film follows a young Maasai warrior tribe who form a cricket team to help raise awareness of the rights to education, as well as to help the fight against FGM and HIV and AIDS.  Together the team have managed to use their skills to inspire a generation and are continuing to do so as they travel around the UK to play in a cricket tournament. 

In a group dominated by males, the girls suffer from FGM and early marriages from very young ages, however by creating the team; the women are giving hope to those who are affected by it. And with 45% of profits from the film going back into the community, this is not one to miss lovelies. 

Speaking about the film, Director & Producer Barney Douglas said: “To be released in cinemas is absolutely thrilling, as I really feel this story belongs on the big screen. The unique image of a Maasai Warrior playing cricket drew me in to this project, but as filming progressed I realised it was about so much more: gender equality, human rights, the power of sport. It’s a hopeful, inspirational story with a global message - that young people have a role to play in shaping their world, that they have rights, and that they can be leaders, whether it’s in a sports team, a community, or an entire country. For me personally, to be taken into the trust of the families and contributors was a rare privilege and hopefully we’ve done their story, their bravery, and their culture justice.”

While producer Michael Elson said: “Warriors demonstrates the power of young people to effect real change within their communities through positive action - a universal message.”

And executive Producer James Anderson added: “I’ve had so much joy from the game of cricket, so when I first heard about the Maasai team I was fascinated with their story. They walk 15 kilometres just to get to cricket training, past elephants and giraffes. A bit different from my own drive down the M6! In the world of international cricket, it’s easy to forget that sport has the power to inspire change lives, particularly those of young people. I think WARRIORS shows that.”

As well, Maasai Warrior Sonyanga Oleng’ais said: “In our society, the women or the girls are treated as inferior, and it's no good. That is something we have to change. We are not saying we abandon all our good culture, only the harmful practices such as female genital mutilation. It is very hard to go against the elders, but cricket is giving us that courage, and that confidence. We are very proud of what it means to be Maasai and that is why we play in our traditional robes."

While Chief Executive of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison said: “ECB is delighted to be supporting this film. The story of the Maasai Warriors team is truly inspiring and one which vividly illustrates cricket’s power to change lives for the better and be a positive force in the wider community. We congratulate Barney Douglas and Jimmy Anderson on all their efforts in bringing this project to a successful fruition and trust it helps bring the incredible story of the Maasai cricket team to an even wider audience.”

Don’t miss out on this lovelies!!!

Blog Soon, 
Joey X

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