Screening with Little Hard Knox and McKayla
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 7:00pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox | Cinema 4
2016, documentary, UK, 96 min, dir: Daniel Gordon North American premiere
Two women just wanted to run. In Los Angeles in 1984, American star Mary Decker went head-to-head with young Zola Budd, a barefoot runner from South Africa who had to claim British citizenship to escape the ban against her country’s Apartheid system. The dramatic and unexpected conclusion to the 3000m race overshadowed the social and political unrest, corruption, and exploitation that were the sub-text for one of the most remarkable moments in Olympic history.
Little Hard Knox
2017, documentary, Canada, 12 min, dir: Roxann Whitebean Theatrical premiere
Shatekaienthokwen VanDommelen, known as “Tugar,” is a 10 year-old boxer from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. Training at Montreal’s Hard Knox Gym, he may be small but Tugar has big dreams: becoming a professional boxer.
2017, documentary, US, 13 min, dir: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich Canadian premiere
McKayla survived a rare form of cancer, losing one of her legs. Told she would neither run nor cycle again, McKayla is competing in triathlons.
McKayla Image credit: Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich