Amka Films Productions SA
a documentary film by Stefano Knuchel and Ivan Nurchis
Switzerland 2004, 35mm, 65', o.v. Spanish


Locarno International Film Festival, Semaine de la critique, Locarno 2004

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, La Habana 2004

Internationales Filmfestival, Innsbruck 2005



Bodies in constant motion and gleaming with sweat – a film that makes boxing a highly cinematic art. In their panorama of the Cuban sport of boxing, Stefano Knuchel and Ivan Nurchis meet masseurs, trainers and idols of both the past and the future. The regime takes a great interest in their triumphs. These boxers talk about their hopes and dreams as well as their failures. There is one paradox: that boxing could have become a Cuban national sport when the Individual counts for little in Socialist ideology. But what importance can such a nicety have in the face of an enduring passion?


Directors: Stefano Knuchel, Ivan Nurchis

Cinematography: Mohammed Soudani

Music: Maurizio Pini, Alessio Bertallot

Editing: Marianne Quarti

Sound: Otto Cavadini


Production: Amka Films Productions

Coproduction: RSI-Swiss Television, Venus & Beyond


Swiss distribution: Columbus Film


International sales: F For Film

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