(NOV 13) 'Outside The Ring' will
screen in NYC's Shadowbox Festival on both Saturday December 6th
and Sunday, December 7th. What a great idea for a
festival----there will be ALL boxing Films!
Additional information: [Link
to more info] [Video Trailer]
Through the lens of a unique
violence recovery program in Toronto, this documentary provides
a glimpse into the lives of women and transgendered survivors of
violence and the impact Boxing has had in their healing.
The film follows the ways in which participants challenge social
constructs that dictate that women must not experience their own
feelings of aggression. The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club is the
first all-women's boxing club in North America.
In 2007 a small group of women
boxers active in social justice created Shape Your Life, a
project designed for women and trans survivors of violence.
The goal of the project was to assist participants to use their
bodies to explore healthy aggression to heal the violence that
they had experienced.
The film shows project participants unpacking the myth of
women's powerlessness, engaging their bodies and encouraging,
celebrating and supporting their own healthy aggression.
It demonstrates the impact when you normalize rather than
attempt to extinguish women's aggression.
Outside the Ring explores what happens when you bring survivors
of violence together into a real-life boxing gym. 'I’ve
spent my life fighting crazy. When I got into the ring and tried
to fight crazy, that's when I realized I was going to keep
losing in life. Boxing was about learning when not to fight and
taking back control of my own body.’