Spring Grants 2017 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
Basketball, one of the oldest and most popular games among Somali women, is now an endangered sport. This highly visual, character-driven portrait of the Somali Women’s National Basketball Team takes viewers on an immersive journey from Mogadishu to the Somali diaspora communities of Minneapolis and Toronto. The ‘Nation’s Hope’ filmmakers were embedded within the team throughout its troubled 2016-2017 season, which is viewed through the eyes of coach Suad Galow and several Mogadishu-based players. The film illuminates the power of basketball, a once-beloved Somali national sport, to reunite and re-inspire a nation fractured by 27 years of civil war. In a country where strict gender roles and Islamic tenets increasingly restrict women’s rights, this team personifies the hopes and aspirations of generations of Somali women.
- Hana Mire
- Hana Mire
- Andy Jones
About the Director
Somali filmmaker Hana Mire studied at the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi. Her short documentary ‘Silent Art’ (2013) won an award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Mire is currently a Chicken & Egg Pictures Diversity Initiative Fellow. She attended the Union Docs Summer Intensive programme in Brooklyn in 2016, and is currently participating in the Greenhouse Documentary Development Program. ‘Horseed’ is her first feature-length documentary.
Production Company Profile
Radio Film is home to maverick music films, unique documentaries and artistic collaborations in the UK and around the world. Radio Film is a limited company wholly owned by Andy Jones, an experienced producer and director of documentary films. Jones has travelled half the world, and most of Africa, working on series for the BBC, one-off independent short films and online interactive features. Radio Film’s aim is to challenge negativity and to empower filmmakers from around the world to tell their stories.
Laika Film & TV was established in 2004 and has a wonderful and expanding track record across both documentary and fiction work. Their latest co-productions include Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘La Belle et la Meute’ which premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ selection at Cannes 2017 and also the forthcoming Mads Brügger feature ‘Cold Case Hammerskjöld’. Laika’s previous films have had significant impact around the world, including 2009’s ‘Toxic Playground,’ which prompted legal action against a giant Swedish mining corporation, and ‘Essence of Terror’, which led to foreign policy reform at both national and international level, regarding the situation of Somali people living in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.