7 min / narrative / 2017 / UK
filmmaker: Bugsy Steel
Ten minutes before a boxing match, a teenage boxer with Down syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring.
The story unfolds backstage in the immediate moments leading up to the fight. The fighter finds himself torn between his over-bearing trainer, a sister who hates seeing him get hurt and a boxing committee unsure whether to sanction him to fight at all.
Both an exploration of amateur boxing and freedom of choice, Fighter is a tense, visceral human drama about one person’s fight to follow his dreams.