Ringside

Directed by André Hörmann
2019
USA
94 minutes
15+
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Shot over eight years, Ringside captures the travails and triumphs of two young would-be professional boxers from Chicago’s volatile and impoverished South Side.

Recalling basketball documentary Hoop Dreams (SFF 1994), over eight years Ringside director André Hörmann follows two young African American men – Destyne Jr. and Kenny Jr. – and their trainer/fathers as they fight to make boxing their way out of a life of poverty, crime and violence. 

Both boxers are remarkably gifted but their paths take radically different directions. The film focuses in on the emotional relationships between the young men and their families – especially their fathers, who do their best to make sure their sons have better opportunities than they did. 

Ringside, which premiered this year in the prestigious Berlinale Generation 14plus strand, is an affecting exploration of family, life choices and hurdles in a volatile world, recommended for ages 12 and above.

This moving narrative paints an engrossing portrait of determination, grace, and ultimate triumph against all odds, encapsulating the very best of the feel-good genre.
Carmen Paddock, One Room With a View

Tickets

Sun 9 June
4:30pm
Hoyts Entertainment Quarter 15
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
2pm
Hoyts Entertainment Quarter 15
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Family Films
Year
2019
Classification
15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
André Hörmann
Producer
Ingmar Trost, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements
Cinematographer
Tom Bergmann
Editor
Vincent Assmann
Genre
Documentary, Sport, Biography, Family
Company Credits
Motto Pictures
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