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Clench - What are you fighting for?

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Riffat Ahmed

  • Riffat Ahmed

    Riffat Ahmed

Synopsis

This short film tells the story of Ash, a mixed-race girl from Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. On a youth referral scheme, we see Ash travel to the iconic Salford Lads Club where she takes up boxing as a way of dealing with her troubled past. By portraying Ash’s experience of the sport, the film highlights how the boxing ring can be a neutral space where race and neighborhood politics are left outside.

The film looks at not only Ash’s own experience of racism, but also the preconceptions she and others hold about other people and places.

Clench demonstrates how boxing can become the ultimate visual tool for communication between generations, highlighting that every person has a story to tell regardless of how they look.

Details

Year
2012
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
15 mins 39 secs
Format
RED cam (HD)
Director
Riffat Ahmed
Producer
Shane Davey and Courtney Edwards
Co-Producer
Riffat Ahmed and Fabien Soazandry
Executive Producer
Riffat Ahmed and The Runnymede Trust
Editor
Vid Price
Screenwriter
Riffat Ahmed
Director of Photography
Jake Scott
Production Designer
Riffat Ahmed
Sound
Ashley Charles
Music
Sam Bawes
Principal Cast
Hussina Raja and Kevin Morris

Production Company

Davey Inc and Runnymede Trust
http://www.generation3-0.org/manchester.html
http://www.runnymedetrust.org