FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

RINGSIDE (Feature)

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RINGSIDE (Feature Film)

Synopsis: "Ringside" looks at the volatile world of Chicago’s South Side from the perspective of two remarkably gifted young boxers and the fathers who train them. As one begins a rising career in the ring, the other serves an eight-year-prison sentence for criminal trespassing and burglary. Their fathers have sacrificed everything in the interest of achieving the same goal: making their sons into boxing champions and thus breaking the vicious circle of poverty and violence that has burdened their families. It’s a fight against overwhelming odds and there are a host of disappointments along the way. Kenny Jr. is crushed by his failed Olympic bid. With the help of Kenny Sr., he redoubles his efforts and starts winning amateur bouts drawing the attention of a well-known boxing promoter. A parallel story follows the boxing career of Destyne Jr., sidelined for a momentary bad decision. With the help of his father, he gets into a program, after which he could then restart his boxing career. Filmed over the course of many years, "Ringside" is told from the point of view of these two young men and their fathers as their story unfolds.

Ages: 15+

Content Advisory: This film contains Coarse Language and Mature Themes.

Geoblocking Notice: This film is only available in the Chicagoland area.

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  • Runtime
    93 minutes
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  • Director
    André Hörmann
  • Producer
    Motto Pictures, Sutor Kolonko