keswick film festival

Junction For Having Fun (NC)

2011, UK, 50 mins, Lucy Mathen

Showing Fri 22 February, 6pm

Junction For Having Fun (NC)

This production ended on 22/02/2013

Synopsis

Location: Main House

A visiting doctor’s chance game of football with village girls gave birth to an extra-ordinary scheme at an eye hospital in a forgotten corner of India’s poorest state. Lucy Mathen discovered that her love for football was shared by Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital boss Mritunjay Tiwary and the impoverished girls of the village of Mastichak in Bihar. The Akhand Jyoti Football Academy came into being. See how it broke a cycle of poverty, building on the girls’ enthusiasm for football, to allow them to complete their schooling and to train to become the much-needed future employees of the rapidly expanding eye hospital. Girls from all relgions,castes and creeds are part of the AJFA. Lucy, who some will remember from John Craven’s Newsround in 1976 changed career in 1988 to become an ophthalmologist and set up the charity Second Sight. In 2012 she became the first recipient of the Karen Woo award - recognising doctors who have gone beyond the call of duty. She will be intoducing the screening, selling and signing books and there will be a collection for her charity.

Thanks to Lucy Mathen

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Prices £5