SUMO SPIRIT -- "Storm" from Egypt
- 1 x 49 min.
- Clean, M/E + English
- English script
- A new face has arrived in the traditionally Japanese sport of sumo.
Egypt's Abdelrahman Shalan, who goes by the ring name "Osunaarashi," meaning "Great Sandstorm," is Japan's first African wrestler. With an unwavering passion for the sport, he tirelessly trains and competes in the Grand Sumo Tournaments with an ambition of moving up the ranks, hopefully as high as a yokozuna grand champion.
With exclusive access to the sumo stable, Osunaarashi's progress is traced since his arrival in Japan in 2011. Witness how the stable master instills in him the spirit, technique, and physical strength necessary to become a distinguished wrestler in the highly ritualized world of sumo.
This intimate and touching documentary follows Osunaarashi as he overcomes his internal conflicts and cultural differences to embody the spirit of sumo.
- "ABU Prize, TV/Sports"
ABU Prize, 2014 -- Macau
- "intermedia-globe GOLD, Documentaries/Sports and Activities"
WorldMediaFestival, 2015 -- Hamberg, Germany
- "SILVER SCREEN, DOCUMENTARY: Documentary Programs: Sports, Recreation"
U.S. International Film & Video Festival, 2015 -- Los Angeles, U.S.A.