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Karyn Kusama

Girlfight (Girlfight)

110' - 2000 - Drama, Sport - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Director: Karyn Kusama Composer: Gene McDaniels, Theodore Shapiro With: Michelle Rodriguez, Douglas Santiago, Jamie Tirelli
Karyn Kusama makes her debut with this sensitive, subtly told coming-of-age story about boxing and love. Diana is a tough though painfully honest girl living in Brooklyn. Surly, frustrated, and directionless, Diana seems to have a ticket on the express train to expulsion; she repeatedly finds herself in detention and schoolyard fights. At home, her weak though abusive single father Sandro clearly favorites her bookish brother Tiny over her. While running an errand for her father, Diana finds herself in one of New York's more renowned boxing gyms, and she instantly connects to the same. Though traditionally a thoroughly male pastime in Latino culture, Diana perseveres and gains self-worth thanks to the help of gruff Panamanian trainer Hector. Soon Hector assumes the role of Diana's father from her deadbeat biological progenitor. As Diana gains physical strength and agility in the ring, she finds herself drawn to the dashing boxer Adrian, who is supposedly involved with someone else... (Jonathan Crow)

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Karyn Kusama


Gene McDaniels, Theodore Shapiro


Michelle Rodriguez, Douglas Santiago, Jamie Tirelli


Karyn Kusama

Director of Photography

Patrick Cady


Plummy Tucker


Sarah Green, Martha Griffin

More information


Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America



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