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Shadow Boxers1999

  • 4.2
SHADOW BOXERS is the first critically acclaimed documentary on women's boxing. An unexpected combination of striking visual style and disarming personal insight cut to a pulsating original soundtrack, Boxers is a visceral experience of boxing that draws the viewer in and never lets go captivating both fans and non-fans alike. Written, directed, produced and edited by Katya Bankowsky, Shadow Boxers was filmed between 1994 and 1999 beginning with the New York City Golden Gloves then moving into the professional ranks as it chronicles the rise of undefeated Dutch boxing sensation Lucia Rijker. As the powerful and articulate Rijker moves ever closer to her world title fight, Shadow Boxers smashes preconceptions on every level revealing the beauty and brutality of the sport through the eyes of the introspective fighter.

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"It’s not often that a subject steps out of docu-land looking like a star, but that’s definitely the case for Lucia Rijker, a scrappy yet introspective Dutch-born woman who just happens to be the world’s top female fighter." - Ken Eisner, Variety