Fields of Dreams: Football Girl Power in India

In the year 2016, P.V. Sindhu smashed her way to a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Sakshi Malik’s bronze was won through hard fought battles on the wrestling mat, while Dipa Karmakar’s Produnova vault at the same games had the whole world cheering for her. Sport is a test of human endurance, of pushing our physical and mental selves to the limit. In India, from the Olympics to Dangal in 2017, sport is also a powerful tool to bring about change in gender attitudes.

This panel took place after the world premiere of Field of Dreams a touching documentary by Minnie Vaid which follows a school principal and a soccer coach who are using football to change the lives of young girls in Jalna district, Maharashtra. This was followed by the screening of Under the Open Sky, a documentary by Shilpa Phadke, Nikhil Titus and Faiz Ullah, about a girls' football initiative that begins to claim open public spaces to play in Mumbai’s Mumbra suburb.

Minnie, Faiz and Shilpa were joined on the panel by Havovi Wadia of Magic Bus Foundation which was moderated by Parmesh Shahani.Feilds