Underdog Plaza (2011)
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
Produced by Frederic Bohbot
Written by Evan Beloff And Mariano Franco
Edited by Mariano Franco
Composed by Fernando Pinzon
Distributed by Bunbury Films
Produced in association with Omni Television
Category: Sports, Biographical, Society
Production year: 2011
Language: English/French/Spanish (subtitles in English)
Duration: 52 minutes
Delivery format: HD (High-definition)
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