Fighting for Peace

Joost van der Valk, Mags Gavan Long documentary - 2016 - 72 min.

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Documentary about the most dangerous slum of Rio, where two young boxers fight for the championship and their lives. Douglas wants to save his addicted sister, Sugar single-handedly supports his family.

In the most dangerous slum of Rio, where blood stains the street, the young boxing talents Sugar (15) and Douglas (14) have to contend with misery. Boxing is not a hobby, but dire necessity. With the money he cashes, Sugar hopes to move his family to a place where bullets aren’t flying around. Douglas wants to save his addicted sister Suelen. British Luke Dowdney’s boxing gym offers children the chance of a way out, but some of his pupils are dead only two years later. Not everybody can resist the temptation of crack and gangs.


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Red Rebel Films
Madonna Ciccone
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Joost van der Valk
Douglas Engle
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