Director Bill Siegel and executive producer Gordon Quinn join Democracy Now to talk about their new film which premieres tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2012, the Olympic Games included women's boxing for the first time in history. But, only three weight categories would be admitted - 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. For two of the world's best fighters, both from Canada, this meant the end of a friendship and the beginning of a fierce rivalry. Last Woman Standing is a feature documentary film that follows world champion boxers and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, as they fight for an Olympic dream that can only belong to one.
Saul Canelo Alvarez spent nearly an hour answering question today at his and Austin Trout's media day outside the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Alvarez says he's not a very good fighter in sparring.
With two sharp blows to the head, 23-year-old Jean-Pierre Bauwens Junior sends his opponent straight to the canvas and becomes the WBC youth international boxing champion. Yet this is only a small victory. The eldest of seven kids, four of whom have autism, Junior must now face increasingly tougher opponents to secure a home and a better life for his brothers and sisters. When family tragedy strikes, the pressure mounts and Junior must split his time between the gym and caring for his autistic siblings. “Everything will be alright,” says Junior to his grieving mother. “I know, my child,” she says. “We have one advantage, we have each other.” This stunning documentary, reminiscent of Ken Loach’s social realist style, is a welcomed reminder of the power of documentary to capture real life stories in a raw and unmediated way.