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The Fighting Spirit

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Boxing is show business with blood - a tough sport known for finding its top competitors in the poorest neighborhoods. Bukom, a tiny district in Ghana's capital city of Accra, is one such locale. Grounded in a long cultural tradition of wrestling that, over the years, developed into boxing, the tiny fishing village trains young people to fight - and win. Bukom has produced up to five percent of the world's champion and Olympic medal boxers. "The Fighting Spirit" tells the story of three fighters from Bukom - two men and a woman - as they battle their way to the glittering rings of Europe and the United States to compete for the biggest prizes in the business. The film captures the athletes' fight for respect and reward for their tribe and their home, as well as their triumphs and defeats in and out of the ring. Director: George Amponsah.

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