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Winning and Losing
By Shervin Sardari
15 Jun 2016

“Golden Baby” Eva Voraberger is going for it: the 26-year-old super flyweight champion of the world is going to fight Esmeralda Moreno of Mexico. Eva is up against a tough boxer: Moreno is currently number three in the world and has more than twice the points Eva does. But for Eva, there is more at stake than her three world championship titles. The winner of the coming fight has a shot at the top: an international match in Las Vegas against the number one in the world.

The documentary “Goldrausch” (“Winning and Losing”) is an intimate portrait of the Austrian boxer Eva Voraberger, showing the intense preparations for this all-or-nothing fight. Adding to the physical demands of training comes an emotional blow as she learns that her boyfriend has cancer. But in the same way he has her back in the ring, she has his in the fight against his disease.

Video: XDCAM HD422, 50mbps, 1080i50
Audio: CH 1/CH2 = natural sound + music (stereo)


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Two Religions, One Passion in Women's...
Calcutta, India
By Francesco Pistilli
05 Feb 2015

Video story by : Francesco Pistilli & Alice Sassu

In India, young women are beginning to see boxing as a way to advance in life. This is the story of two female boxers, one Muslim and one Hindu, and how boxing has had an impact on their personal lives, their self-worth, and their aspirations for their communities and society.

In 2011 there were around 200 female boxers in India, and the Muslim communities of West Bengal contribute about 55 per cent of the total. This would have been unthinkable 10 years ago.

Asit Banerjee, the president of the South Calcutta Physical Cultural Association began a campaign for women's participation in the sport at a meeting of the Indian Boxing Federation in 1998. Now, women boxers have already made an impact on India, and light-flyweight Mary Kom won a world boxing championship in 2003. In recent years, Banerjee has carried out a social experiment in Ekbalpore, and its neighboring Muslim ghettos by bringing together men and women, Hindus and Muslims, to box.

The result: social and religious prejudices appear to crumble.

The Ekbalpore women were drawn to boxing after watching local young men in action at the neighboring Kidderpore School of Physical Culture. Their interest grew after Mohammed Ali Qamar, a local youth, won a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and after the case of Razia Shabnam. Despite stiff family opposition, Shabnam was one of the first from her neighborhood to take up boxing. She is now a coach and an international referee.