Girlfight - Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Calderon, Ray Santiago, Karyn Kusama
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Prove them wrong.
Nothing comes easy for Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez), a troubled girl on the brink of womanhood. Her teachers don't understand her, her father underestimates her and her friends are few. Diana struggles to find respect and dignity every day. She doesn't know how to control her anger, and more importantly, she doesn't care. Living in the Brooklyn projects of red hook with her dismissive father Sandro (Paul Calderon) and younger brother Tiny (Ray Santiago), Diana witnesses generations of families who never move beyond the confines of their small world. She has nothing to lose - or gain - by not controlling her violent temper. For Diana, it's hit or be hit, and she'd much rather be the one packing the punch.
Sent on an errand for her father one day, Diana discovers the secret world of boxing at a gym in Brooklyn. Looking around at the determined fighters glistening with sweat and purpose, she knows she has finally found a place where she truly belongs. Diana begins training in secret with Hector (Jaime Tirelli), a coach Sandro hired to teach Tiny how to box. But it is Diana who relishes the work. Through weeks of strenuous training, she slowly learns to control her temper and channel her strength. For the first time in her life, she has found something that makes sense.
Soon she is competing against other featherweights - male and female - and gaining momentum as a true contender. Complications inevitably follow when her friendship with fellow boxer Adrian (Santiago Douglas) blossoms into a sweet, tentative romance.
As Diana builds physical strength and endurance, she becomes more self-assured and ultimately, confident enough to allow herself to become vulnerable - a burden that weighs heavily on her as she prepares for the most important fight of her life.
Drenched in sweat, emotion and attitude, Girlfight is a riveting testament to a new femininity for a new century.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film sport drama female woman boxing
Persons of interest
- Michelle Rodriguez .... Diana Guzman
- Jaime Tirelli .... Hector
- Paul Calderon .... Sandro
- Santiago Douglas .... Adrian
- Ray Santiago .... Tiny
- Víctor Sierra .... Ray
- Elisa Bocanegra .... Marisol
- Shannon Walker Williams .... Veronica
- Louis Guss .... Don
- Herb Lovelle .... Cal
- Thomas Barbour .... Ira
- Karyn Kusama .... Screenwriter
- Karyn Kusama .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Awards and film festivals:
- Sundance Film Festival 2000: Best directing, Grand jury prize
- Studios and distributors:
Security censorship classification
M (Adult themes, medium level violence, sexual references)
111 minutes (1:50 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 23 November 2000