Hockey in my Blood is a film about hockey in Coorg, set against the backdrop of the Kodava Hockey Festival, a tournament played between families in the coffee hills of South India. Kodavas, the people of Coorg, are a martial-tribal community known for strong ties to land and family. Every year, players from over 200 families come together to play in their own hockey tournament – The Kodava Hockey Festival.
There is no bar on age or gender. The only rule of forming a team is that all members must be from the same family. Young boys and girls, fathers, uncles, mothers, professionals and even former Olympic heroes, are all players. With the families playing for bragging rights for the rest of the year, victories are hard fought and competition can get heated. At the end of the month-long event, there will be just one winning team but many winners – the sport and the sense of community not least among them. Welcome to the Kodava Hockey Festival!
[director]Sandhya Kumar is an independent filmmaker from Bangalore, India. She has been making documentary films since 2007. Sandhya holds an MFA in Film from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. Sandhya is the recipient of the President’s National Film Award of India for 2013, Indian Documentary Producers’ Gold Award 2014, a film grant from India Foundation for the Arts in 2010, and has been an ATSA fellow (ARThink South Asia) in 2011. Her most recent films include – “Memory of a Light” (2014, Produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India); “O Friend, This Waiting!” (2012, funded by India Foundation for the Arts) and “Light Falling on White Flowers” (2009).[/director]