Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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Life - The Boxer

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A young male looks to escape Mexican poverty by becoming a boxer in the United States.

Life - The Boxer

Luis is 27, and lives in the remote peasant village of Sierra de Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Here, families are numerous and the land is scarce and arid. Like most of the local people, Luis' parents are Mixtecos Indians who survive by growing corn and selling jelly at the weekly local market. But Luis has a dream of how he will escape the surrounding poverty and be able to look after his parents in their old age. Inspired by classic movies of Mexican boxing heroes, he's training to become a famous boxing champion in the United States. This film follows him as he travels north to the U.S. border, joining other migrants determined to outwit the US frontier guards and scale the wall to the New World to realize their dreams.

'A saddening glimpse of the heartache and travails faced by young Mexicans who seek a better life in the United States.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado


Main credits

Zurita, Félix (film director)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Rea, Damien (editor of moving image work)
Rodríguez, Luis (on-screen participant)
Rodríguez, Lucila (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb; editor, Damien Rea.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Felix Zurita

Television Trust for the Environment
Felix Zurita
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
International Relations and Geopolitics
Indigenous Studies
Latino and Hispanic Studies
Immigration and Refugees

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples
Latin American Studies
Latino and Chicano Studies
Social Justice
United Nations


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