KASSIM THE DREAM

a film by Kief Davidson

FILM INFO

Year: 2008

Country: US

Runtime: 86  mins

Color: Color

Language: English

 

 

 

 

 

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From the director of The Devil’s Miner, this acclaimed documentary charts the incredible journey of Uganda-born world champion boxer, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma. At age six, he was kidnapped by the rebel army and forced to be a child soldier. But Ouma found his ticket to freedom after discovering the army’s boxing team—and defected to the U.S. in 1998, after more than a decade of warfare. Overcoming homelessness and severe culture shock, Ouma gradually rose through the ranks of the sport to become Junior Middleweight Champion of the World. Having achieved the American Dream but still battling his childhood demons, Ouma’s greatest wish is to return to Uganda and his family. Filmmaker Kief Davidson skillfully captures this haunted, extraordinarily complex young fighter during a pivotal time in his life—as he seeks a pardon from the government that nearly destroyed his life.

 

 

Produced & Directed - Kief Davidson

Producer-Liz Silver

Director of Photography-Tony Molina Jr

Editors-Tony Breuer Kief Davidson

Music-Leo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman, Andres Solis

 

“Kief Davidson’s gorgeously shot documentary

gives us horror mixed with hope.” —New York Magazine

 

“Combines serious human rights issues with incredible triumph-over-adversity sports lore.”

—Variety

 

“If you don’t like to cry at the movies, be careful. As in boxing, things can get messy when you let your guard down.”

—Sports Illustrated (SI’s Favorite)

WINNER

IDFA AMSTERDAM DOC U AWARD

AFI FEST BEST DOCUMENTARY

AFI FEST AUDIENCE AWARD

SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL AFM SILVERDOCS AWARD

US SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD

 

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