Fighting Spirit (The)

  • Fighting Spirit (The)
Type : Documentary
Original title : O espírito de luta
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Feature
Running time : 80 (in minutes)

One town in Africa takes on the world.

Boxing is show business with blood-a tough sport, which has always found its top competitors from the poorest neighborhoods. Bukom, a fishing village on the outskirts of Ghana's capital Accra, is one such locale. Grounded in a long, proud tradition of wrestling that over the years developed into boxing, Bukom trains its young people to fight-and win.

This filmtells the story of three boxers from Bukom. Twenty-two year-old George is excited to fight overseas for the first time, but has girlfriend troubles at home. Yarkor, known as the First Lady of Boxing, is using the memory of her cheating ex-boyfriend to fuel her fire. Meanwhile Joshua is training for a world title, with the help of a shady American manager. A story of the ambitions of modern Africans, "THE FIGHTING SPIRIT" is a look at a nation through the eyes of those fighting for their dreams, for respect and reward, and for their tribe and their home.

George Amponsah, 2007 / UK, Ghana / 80'

Year 2007
Duration 80 minutes
Type Documentary feature
Country Ghana / UK
Language Ga and English, with English subtitles
Director(s) George Amponsah
Rating All Ages

2010 - TTFF
* Trinidad + Tobago premiere

Três boxeadores, dois homens e uma mulher de uma pequena comunidade de Gana, buscam seu caminho para conquistar os maiores prêmios desse esporte, em Nova Iorque e Londres. A realidade da África moderna, os sonhos e ambições de seus jovens lutando por recompensa, respeito e a conquista de seu espaço.

(Documentário, 80 min., Gana / Estados Unidos / Reino Unido, 2007)
Direção: George Amponsah

Premiado com o AfroPop Award (2008) e no Festival de Documentário Real Life, exibido no New York African Film Festival e no Africa In The Picture Film Festival.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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