“The wrestlers are only born from the soil”
Netflix’s HOMEGAME is a fascinating sports-centric documentary web television series that focuses on some of the globe’s weirdest, extreme, traditional national sports. It will take you to a place and into the cultures where these unusual games were born and have flourished throughout these years. The first season is a collection of intriguing, obscure topics that raise our curiosity and gives us goosebumps.
There’s an episode on freediving without oxygen, Kok Boru which is a rough polo-like game played with a dead goat as a ball in Kyrgyzstan, water buffalo race in Bali and Indian origin Pehlwani which is an oldest and traditional form of wrestling played in Banaras; the oldest city in the world situated on the banks of the most sacred of Indian rivers. The episode focuses on how women are compelling in the arena once reserved for men.
Interesting right? So many unknown stories of traditional sports and culture! Indeed, a title worthy of the concept, ‘Home Game’ emerged as one of Netflix’s interestingly conceptualized sports docu-series which is giving voice to local people from around the globe.
It is directed by Austin Reza, Ryan Duffy, Andrew Fried, and Zia Mandviwalla. The Pehelwani episode was produced in collaboration with Supriya Sobti Gupta at MOW Productions, India.
This episode focuses on how women were always perceived to be in their boundaries and how patriarchy has made people believe that women are comforters and nurtures in domestic places. And if you cross that boundary your gender limitations will be questioned.