For some nations, the national sport is ice hockey; for others, it’s football. In Tajikistan, passions run high for buzkashi: a rough-and-tumble sport involving men on horseback competing to take control of a goat carcass. The equestrian free-for-all (its name literally means “goat-grabbing”) draws fanatical fans from across the country to watch the riders who, clinging to their mounts, attempt to shift the goat across the goal line. Documentarist Najeeb Mirza focuses on three buzkashi players and their reasons for joining the scrum. Champion player Azam, a winner many times over, plays to honour his father, murdered under murky circumstances; Askar-ali does it to point the way forward for his boys. Wealthy Khurshed, in turn, thirsting for glory and bent on winning, cooks up strategies of dubious legitimacy. Beyond its breathtaking footage of the skirmishes that erupt during play, Buzkashi ! attests to the pride of a community safeguarding its culture through ancestral practices. A captivating cinematic homage to a sport virtually unknown outside of Central Asia. Not to be missed!