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Intermedia Arts
Minneapolis, MN
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Sunakali is a documentary film about a women's soccer team from Mugu in Western Nepal and its journey to the national championship. This is a film about how a girls passion for football helps her pursue her dream and break free from the fate of most girls in her village.

Mugu in Western Nepal is one of the least developed regions in Nepal. According to the 2011 Nepal Census, 90% of women in Mugu are illiterate. Set against the harsh but beautiful backdrop of the region, Sunakali is an uplifting documentary of Mugu's women's soccer team and its journey to the national championship.

Sunakali Budha, a 13 year-old girl in the remote district of Mugu, saw football for the first time in 2011 and in less than three years become a star in her village. When they decided to represent their school in the district-level football tournament, the girls of the Mugu soccer team were challenging conventions and norms set for women head on. Even Mugu's geography posed a challenge; there was not a single field large enough for them to practice.

Representing their district in a national tournament was not only a matter of pride, but also a window into the world that lay beyond Mugu. This was the first time they left Mugu, the first time they set foot on the plains of the Tarai, the first time they saw bullock carts, rickshaws, and airplanes. People in all the villages along the way cheered for the girls, blessed them, and thanked them for making Mugu proud.

Sunkali has received over twenty honors and awards including Best Documentary (Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival), Best Feature Documentary (7th FOOTBALL FILM FESTIVAL, Brazil), Special Jury Award (2016 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival), and Audience Choice Award (Canada Premier: 6th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival).

Sunakali will be preceeded by a screening of Baghdad Messi, an Iraqui short film about 10 year-old Hamoudi who is totally obsessed with soccer. Along with the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC Barcelona-Manchester United. The long-awaited clash between football legends Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi's television breaks down ... Baghdad Messi is directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa.


Intermedia Arts (View)
2822 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
United States


Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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