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Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes, traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young, Afghan men, as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding new light on a... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hasti Gul Abid ...
Himself - Afgan Batsman
Taj Malik Aleem ...
Himself - Afgan Coach
Harsha Bhogle ...
Himself - TV Commentator (voice)
Geoffrey Boycott ...
Himself - Cricket Legend
Ian Chappell ...
Himself - TV Commentator (voice)
Kabir Khan ...
Himself - Afgan New Coach
Nawruz Mangul ...
Himself - Afgan Captain
Gulbudeen Naib ...
Himself - Afgan Batsman
Karim Sediq ...
Himself - Afgan Wicket keeper
Ahmed Shah ...
Himself - Afgan Spin Bowler
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Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes, traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young, Afghan men, as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding new light on a nation beyond that of burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation. This feature-length documentary follows the Afghan cricket team in their quest against the odds to qualify for the 2011 World Cup, premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 17th June. Backed by BBC Storyville and Oscar-winning director and cricket fan, Sam Mendes, 'Out of the Ashes' follows the squad over two years as they go from playing in their shalwar-kameezes on rubble pitches to batting their way around the globe and up the international league tables. Written by Tim Albone

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A sweet surprise
18 October 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Sweet, often funny, sometimes sad documentary of the very unexpected and improbable rise of the Afghan cricket team to world level status in 2008-2010.

There's a lot of affectionate fun had with the players and coaches traveling to the west and encountering other cultures for the first time.

There's also a lot of emotion; joy at their successes, hurt at their setbacks.

Not sold in the U.S. since it's about cricket I presume, but I know almost nothing of the game, and that didn't stop me from enjoying it,.

Its really more about the people than the sport, and the excitement of watching a team from a country in near ruins from many years of near continuous war go from being an under- trained open joke, to a real team despite all odds.

I did get lost as to what was going on a few times, and short though it is it felt like it could have been tighter.

But overall a lovely film that took me by surprise.


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