Best Documentary Short At Tribeca Film Festival Goes To British-Produced “The Good Fight”

Ben Holman’s The Good Fight has won the Best Documentary Short prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival…

The Good Fight, directed and produced by former advertising art director Ben Holman, with Neirin Jones the director of photography, follows Alan Duarte who found salvation in boxing and encourages others in his community to take up the sport. Born and raised in the notorious favela community of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro, a community largely abandoned by the state and lacking many essential facilities, is the backdrop to this story of hope through boxing.

In awarding the prize, the jury said the film presented a “journey of perseverance in the face of tragedy; an uplifting and visually compelling story of redemption.” Indeed, the favela suffers from poor sanitation and often endures shootouts between police and armed gangs making this story even more compelling.

Alan has had to suffer through these anxieties all his life with as many as nine close family members dying at the hands of gangland violence. Determined to redefine his future, Alan found boxing a cathartic route to hope and salvation. But it wasn’t enough to be just “his” salvation. He wanted to open it out to others in need of help. So he began his own boxing gym “Abraço Campeão” (Embracing Champions) to help others get away from the violence and build a brighter future for themselves and the whole community.

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