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When living in diaspora turns into a boxing match, one learns to fight with bare knuckles.
Written & Directed by Darine Hotait
While boxing and jazz rely on improvisation, they both have a deep sense of resilience. Hala, an Arab American female boxer in New York City, and Kendrick, an African American jazz musician, improvise their way through a passive aggressive America. She's Miles Davis in boxing gloves and he's Muhammad Ali refusing to live a lie.
Starring: Jessica Damouni (Hala) & Ben Williams (Kendrick)
Cast: Timothy Hickernell (Ran), Zayn Alexander (Sari), Sarah Bitar (Faten), Amal Khalil (Mona), Fady Kerko (Ahmed), Jack Sochet (Town Sheriff), Kareem Hegazi (Bodega Owner) & Salah Anwar (Bodega Employee).
Special Appearance: Tarek Yamani (Pianist), Theo Croker (Trumpet Player) & Jonathan Barber (Drummer).
Director of Photography: Autumn Eakin
Production Designer: Josefina Laban
Costume Designer/stylist: Lowri Best
Original Score: Tarek Yamani
Sound Design: Charles De Montebello/ CDM Sound Studios
Editor: Darine Hotait
Color grading: Jaime O'Bradovich/ Company 3
Visual Effects: Hecat Studio
Custom-designed jewelry by Kinship Stories
Custom-designed masks by Arté Masks
Designer wardrobe by Yali Romagoza
Shot on location in New York City at Cornelia Street Cafe, in Brooklyn at Rollin' Studios and in Pennsylvania at The Lynnville Hotel.
TRT: 25 minutes
Country of production: USA
Genre: Narrative drama
Date of Completion: March 15th, 2018
Tech specs: 23.98 fps | Stereo | Color | 16:9
Available screening format: DCP, Digital File (3200X1800; H.264 or Apple Pro Res)
Language: English & Arabic
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish & Arabic subtitles are available.
Release date: July 2018
UPCOMING FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS:
. 10th Marfa Film Festival, Texas - USA | July 2018
. Festival Des Cinemas Arabes (Institut Du Monde Arabe), Paris - France | July 2018
. 13th Cinetopia Film Festival, Detroit - USA | June 2018
. 15th Fear No Film at Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City - USA | June 2018