The true story of Africa’s first women’s lacrosse team to compete in a world championship premiered on September 1st on MyMovies.Africa.
The award-winning documentary called Sleeping Warrior tells the story of the Kenyan women’s under-19 lacrosse team battling it out to compete in this little-known sport.
The film, which was shot in 2019, follows the lives of the young women and their journey from Kenya to Canada; how the opportunity has changed their lives since they first got a passport; discover how their friends and families react and how sport will ultimately change their lives.
The 92-minute documentary traces their journey from the Rift Valley in Kenya to the 2019 U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Peterborough, Ontario after. , Canada. It’s a life changing journey that requires courage, confidence, and vision. The team overcame limited resources and training opportunities to achieve their dream.
The Kenyan team, coached by Storm Tretham in Canada, made another first with their first 17-1 win over Jamaica; and later competitive against Germany, Israel and China. They placed the 18th positive mother was sent to prison. Despite all adversities, Opari is chosen to represent Kenya at the Lacrosse World Championships.
Sleeping Warrior won numerous laurels at the Cannes Film Festival; European Film Award (ECA); Around the International Film Festival (ARFF) in Barcelona; International Women’s Film Festival in Toronto; Toronto Independent Film Festival by Cift; Houston International Sports Film Festival; Chicago Indie Film Awards and Blackstar International Film Festival (BIFF) in Ghana.
Nina Ruiz makes her debut as a producer and says her passion for issues affecting the youth and women has influenced her filmmaking, what they see as a powerful tool to educate and create positive change in communities.
“I met the girls five years ago when they began their epic battle to make history in the world of lacrosse . They impressed me so much that I decided the world had to know about them, “she said.
Kenyan filmmaker Timothy Mwaura is co-director / cameraman on Sleeping Warrior . He won a Resource of Open Minds (ROOM) grant in 2019. Mwaura focuses on documentaries and has captured conflict in Somalia, art in Zimbabwe, graffiti in Copenhagen, HIV in East Africa, immigration in Italy and the children’s parliament in Kenya.