Out of the Ashes
Time Out says
The cricket itself, as is so often the way with documentaries that adopt sports contests as their spine, isn’t so important and the film’s makers limit footage from numerous games to the minimum, although inevitably we share the team’s agony and ecstasy. The film is light on politics, with only the odd comment and radio broadcast about Obama’s presidential campaign offering us reminders of Afghanistan’s problems. More pressing are issues of cultural clashes and differences, reminding us that Afghans find English breakfasts and Jersey quiches (‘Are you sure there’s no donkey meat in this?’) as strange and exotic as we might find their food and customs. In the context of ample news coverage and more serious documentaries about conflict and politics in Afghanistan, this is a warm and humanising diversion.