“Combines serious human rights issues with incredible triumph-over-adversity sports lore”.
Kief Davidson’s gorgeously shot documentary gives us horror mixed with hope”.
-New York Magazine
“If you don’t like to cry at the movies, be careful. As in boxing, things can get messy when you let your guard down. A winner”.
-Sports Illustrated – SI’s Favorite
Kassim the Dream
World Champion Boxer, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, born in Uganda, was kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier, becoming both the victim and perpetrator of horrific acts of violence. After discovering the army’s boxing team, Kassim defected to America, arriving homeless and culture shocked. He quickly became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World, living an American Dream full of newfound money and fame.
At 27, and training for the world title fight against Jermain Taylor, the former child-soldier struggles to keep his demons at bay. His desire to reunite with family in Uganda is complicated when Kassim’s only hope for a safe return becomes a military pardon from the president and government responsible for his abduction.
An IFC Films release. In co-production with ARTE/ZDF.