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Kassim The Dream

Friday, June 5 - Thursday, June 11, 2009

This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma – born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. While a soldier, he discovered boxing and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World.

Kassim, now age 29, seems to have obtained the American Dream with his jovial nature, fame and hip hop lifestyle. As Kassim trains for his next world title fight, however, keeping his demons out of the ring becomes increasingly difficult. His desires to reunite with family in Uganda intensify but Kassim’s only hope for a safe return is a military pardon from the president and government responsible for his abduction.

Director Kief Davidson (The Devil’s Miner) received unprecedented access to Kassim Ouma during a pivotal time in the boxer’s career to create a portrait of a complex and haunted fighter surviving against incredible odds.

“One of the most shattering documentaries this year.” – New York Magazine
“A nuanced survivor’s story that memorably transcends its genre.” – Los Angeles Times
 
  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2009
  • Running Time 87 min. minutes
  • Director Kief Davidson