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Video: Trailer for Guillermo Rigondeaux Documentary 'Hero, Traitor, Madness'

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

About the director, from the film's official site:

Hero Traitor Madness is Brin’s first foray into the world of filmmaking. Academy Award winning director Leon Gast has called Brin-Jonathan Butler's forthcoming documentary on the life of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Hero Traitor Madness, "Something very special."

The winter of 2007, during the Cuban National Boxing Championships of that year, brought Brin into contact with Guillermo Rigondeaux after his failed attempt at defecting and turning professional. With Castro refusing to allow Rigondeaux to continue his fighting career, Rigondeaux was left to drift or plot another defection while the Cuban public eagerly followed his situation. With unique access to a vast contact network of boxing coaches and former Olympic Champion fighters who choose to remain despite the lure of millions, Hero Traitor Madness is Brin-Jonathan Butler's film seeking to explore the complicated heart of both the Cuban and American dream through the lens of Rigondeaux losing everything to risk his life stepping on a smuggler's boat for a chance at success in America while so many great boxers before him proudly remained.

Most of you know at least the basics of the story of Guillermo Rigondeaux, who defected from Cuba as the most highly-decorated and respected Cuban amateur of his era. He defected once, returned to Cuba, and was banned from boxing as a traitor. He defected again and eventually made his way to Top Rank Inc., where he has become in a short pro career one of the top 122-pound fighters in the world. The film looks interesting, as it's the type of story not often told with this depth, and certainly not told easily.

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