CHAMPS Irish Premiere at the Irish Film Institute – Friday 25th September

Bringing a feast of the world’s best factual films to Dublin, the newly rebranded and enlarged IFI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (formerly IFI Stranger than Fiction) is back once again from 23rd to 27th September 2015.

The festival will screen 14 feature length documentaries (with one world premiere and ten Irish premieres) and will also welcome a host of special guest filmmakers from Ireland and abroad, alongside a series of special events.

CHAMPS Friday, September 25th (6.30pm) – Irish Premiere

Focussing on Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson, fighters who emerged from impoverished backgrounds to become heralded champions, Bert Marcus’ absorbing film presents boxing as a facilitator of the American Dream, while having the courage to confront the sport’s serious failings.

Celebrity fight fans and commentators declare their love for boxing while the film highlights how societal problems such as racism, poverty, and the education and prison systems are indelibly connected to it.

Thrilling archive footage of those great sportsmen only serves to show how, despite these issues, boxing can be such an irresistible spectacle.

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