A film by Evan Beloff
About the Film
Pinned against the ropes of life, an orphaned immigrant boxer struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion. Using a gritty, cinema-verité style of filming, UNDERDOG PLAZA offers a rare and intimate look at the parallel between the ferocious sport of boxing and life.
If every sport has a narrative, then boxing is a tale of redemption. With each brain-jarring blow and fancy footwork come money and a chance at a better life. UNDERDOG PLAZA shows the raw side of boxing with the Haitian immigrant Dierry "Dougy-Style" Jean at its center -- an orphan with a turbulent past who uses boxing as his ticket out of poverty. The film follows the undefeated, super welterweight as he sweats and strains to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion.
Shot in a gritty, cinema-verité style of filming, UNDERDOG PLAZA offers a rare and intimate look at the parallel between the ferocious sport of boxing and life. This all access documentary captures Dierry’s volatile relationships with his friend Ahmad “Mo-Mo” Abdul Amir and with his trainer “Mike Moffa” who struggles to keep Dierry off the streets of the gang-laden Haitian district of Saint-Michel.
UNDERDOG PLAZA follows Dierry’s turbulent life, his trials, tribulations and difficulties overcoming his troubles with poverty, prejudice and addiction. With the help of his trainer, Dierry makes a decisive commitment to get his life together. Does this scrappy underdog - pinned against the ropes of life - have the passion, the determination and the heart to make the impossible happen?
- DIRECTED BY: Evan Beloff
- PRODUCER: Frederic Bohbot
- WRITTEN BY: Evan Beloff and Mariano Franco
- EDITOR: Mariano Franco
- COMPOSER: Fernando Pinzon
- DISTRIBUTED BY: Bunbury Films
- Produced in association with: OMNI Television
- GENRE: Documentary
- CATEGORY: Sports, Biographical, Society
- LANGUAGE: English and French (Sub-titles in English, French and Spanish)
- DURATION: 52 minutes
- DELIVERY FORMAT: HD (High-Definition)
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