Documentary about amateur women boxing has its first New York screenings Oct. 24/25

NEW YORK – October 23, 2007 – After a national film festival tour, "Golden Gloves Documentary" brings its classic New York story home. The film will be screened at 7.30 on Oct. 24 at Piano's in Manhattan (155 Ludlow st.)and at 7.30 on Oct. 25 at 450 Union St in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn screening party will welcome viewers with an open bar and both screenings include opportunities to meet and talk to the filmmakers, and the stars of the movie, Current WIBA world Champion Melissa Hernandez, Dominga Regla,5-times Golden Gloves champion Jean Martin, Geneve Brossard and Bill Farrell from the Daily News ..

About the Film

New York is the patron city of fledgling dreams and women's boxing is no exception.

"Golden Gloves Documentary" chronicles the lives of a handful of women
boxers who are determined to change the entire history of boxing as a man's
sport. Eight amateur boxers, many of whom dream of going pro if they can manage to attract the funding, share the details of their march toward the ring as they prepare for the Golden Gloves tournament.

Women were only allowed to enter the world-famous Golden Gloves amateur tournament in 1994, and even today they struggle against discrimination in the sport. In 2005, the International Olympics Committee voted to keep boxing the Olympics' only sport to exclude women.

"As an amateur boxer myself, I wanted to set straight some of the misconceptions about women boxers that I think create much of the inequality that exists in the sport," says Leyla Leidecker, who fought in the Golden Gloves herself in 2003. "These women aren't a curiosity or a sideshow. They're skilled athletes with an incredible talent for what they do."

The film's boxers are women from all over the world to New York, where they could pursue their dream of boxing. They do it all – hold day full-time day jobs, raise families, protect the city and guard our country – and they still find time to train and fight. They do it without sponsors, with few fans and with little hope of a future in the sport. But the one thing they have is their stories, and that's the heart of "Golden Gloves Documentary.

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Article posted on 24.10.2007

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