Fists of Pride documentary

Written by nopadon wongpakdee. Posted in MuayThai, Tradition and Culture, Videos

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Published on April 16, 2012 with 4 Comments

I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a hold of this, but I would love to watch it.  It seems universal, all over the world stepping into the ring provides a way for those with nothing to make something of themselves.  The common denominator and motivator is that they are poor.  Not I can’t have the latest trainers poor, but my family doesn’t eat poor.

“I get scared just before the match…When I’m in the ring I’m not afraid anymore, because we get injured together”

For those of you who’ve been to rural Thailand, you’ve seen how poor that can be… How could you get much poorer then that?  Apparently you add Burmese kids to the mix.  Not only is this kid fighting for survival, but add the fact that he’s an outsider to the mix.  Looks like a powerful piece of film making.

Here’s an interesting clip of the film maker Helene Choquette talks about the difficulties of finding a translator and not knowing what these kids are saying until post production.

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  1. Looks interesting, I’d like to watch that documentary. Puts things in perspective when we see spoilt kids complaining that they want the latest iPhone/games console while lazing around the house doing nothing. Send ‘em all to Burma I say! ;-)

    I wonder what happened to the documentary “Lumpini” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QKmFfvf5M4 ?? I emailed the producer last year in January 2011 and asked when it was going to be released and he replied that the film was going to be screened in March 2011. I emailed the producer again this year in February 2012 and never heard back.

  2. 100% agree with the perspective part. Many kids would benefit from international exposure; see how life really is outside this bubble.

  3. Funny how they say that Thai kids are rich

  4. Does anyone know what ever happened to this documentary ? or the lumpinee one?

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