Girls Don’t fight

46:00 documentary

Narrated by Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Girls Don’t Fighttakes a playful and provocative look at the recent shift of women’s roles in high-profile combative sports. The film follows the personal journey of boxer Jessica Rakoczy who fought her way off the tough streets of Hamilton to become the Women’s Lightweight Champion of the World. In contrast to Jessica’s gritty world of pro boxing the film also features Vancouver wrestler Lyndsay Belisle’s quest for gold at the 2004 Athens Games at the first women’s freestyle wrestling competition in Olympic history.

The documentary was filmed on location at the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece, under the neon lights of Las Vegas in the America’s boxing belt, and in the tough working-class neighbourhood in Hamilton where Jessica grew up. Girls Don’t Fight draws opinions from a diverse group of on-camera subjects including the now 70-year-old boxing legend Barbara Buttrick, the first female Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee Anita Defrantz, Olympic gold medalistDaniel Igali, sports sociologist Laura Robinson and boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

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IMG Media

Key Creative
• Narrated by Sandra Oh
• Produced by Ken Craw, Shel Piercy
• Executive Producers Dan Carriere, Jill Fairclough
• Director of Photography, Kirk Tougas
• Editors Bonni Devlin, Debra Rurak
• Original Music composed by Doug Blackley
• Written by Ken Craw
• Directed by Jill Sharpe

Girls Don’t Fight is an Infinity Films production, produced and developed in association with CTV, and with the financial participation of Rogers Documentary Fund, the CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program. Also developed with the participation of British Columbia Film and the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Programme. Distributed by IMG Media.