Opening Night Film: Fighting for Peace

Netherlands, 2015, documentary, 72 min, dir: Joost van der Valk & Mags Gavan

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 7:00PM | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Two of the most successful participants in Luta Pela Paz, an NGO and boxing school based in one of Rio’s most violent and poorest favelas, are on a quest to become national champions. Douglas has lost a sister to addiction, while Sugar is the sole provider for his mother and seven siblings. Boxing may be their only way out. 

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Sully's

Canada, 2014, documentary, 22 min, dir: Althea Manasan

Tucked away in an industrial west-end neighbourhood of Toronto, Sully’s Gym helped build great boxers out of some of the city’s most troubled youth and was the training home of Nicky Furlano, George Chuvalo and even Muhammad Ali. 

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The Champion

US, 2015, documentary, 18 min, dir: Brett Garamella & Patrick McGowan
Canadian Premiere

A former Iraqi boxing champion, Estaifan Shilaita, immigrates to the US to build a life for his family and becomes a fixture in his community driving a taxi throughout Chicago. 

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