New York, NY ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, JULY 29, 4:30 p.m
A documentary about world champion female boxers in India is being screened today at the Asian American International Film Festival. “It’s called “With This Ring” not just because of the boxing ring, but because of the idea these women are at the age of where they were supposed to be getting married. Instead they’re out there fighting and creating a life for themselves,” says filmmaker Ameesha Joshi.
“These female athletes have been outperforming the men for several years,” Joshi says, “[Boxer] MC Mary Kom was a five-time world champion but it took an Olympic medal for people to notice her and the other women’s efforts.”
“I was inspired to work on this project because of the women themselves,” fellow filmmaker Anna Sarkissian. “I’m always interested in stories that aren’t making it to the mainstream. These boxers were making the unpopular decision to pursue a passion that was deemed “unladylike” in India. They have put up with a great deal of ridicule and criticism for dedicating their lives to boxing. I really admired their perseverance, especially when it seemed their families, neighbours and sometimes the entire village was against them.”
Joshi and Sarkissian originally began this project in 2005. They lived with the boxers and traveled with them to India, China, Barbados, and the London Olympics. After much success in India, Europe, and North America, With This Ring is being screened this evening at 4:30 pm. Afterwards, Joshi will be hosting a Q&A to answer any questions about the film.
To find out more about the film, please visit www.withthisringfilm.com