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Surrounded by some of the most extreme Islamists in the world, deep in the inhospitable mountains between
Pakistan and Afghanistan, live the Kalash - a unique pagan people numbering only 3000.
Every year an epic battle takes place, the winner is crowned ‘King’ and is worshipped for the day. The losing side
must sacrifice their precious goats.
The battle is fought out in a violent hockey match played on a steep mountainside covered in deep snow. The
frantic game Chikik Gal lasts for three days involving hundreds of players on each team and a 5 kilometre pitch.
The game has never before been filmed or photographed.
Under threat from the Taliban, under pressure from local Imams, and with the recent floods still wreaking havoc
with their lives, the Kalash are a culture in jeopardy. The game of chikik gal may not help: games often end in fights
and feuds that last for decades. We follow Wali Khan and his muslim brother Abdul Satar of Krakal village, as they
take on their old enemies Batrick they cannot afford to lose. At this sensitive time, will the match be played out
peacefully, or will it descend into violence that breaks their unity and futhers their dissolution?
At this crucial moment, Kalash Rules had extraordinary and unique access to this dangerous and inhospitable
area, this is the first time that the world will see a game which has been hidden by the deep snow and instability
that surround it.
Kalash Rules is the story of the survival of the Kalash, a film about how a tiny culture defines itself against the out-
side world and to what extent local identities can be saved from globalisation. Will chikik gal, the game they have
played for years, destroy them through argument or make them stronger through participation in ritual?