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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
Status: Completed March 2018 (world premiere pending)
TRT: 25 minutes | USA | English & Arabic | 2018 | English Subtitles | Release Date: TBA
Genre: Narrative drama
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.