by Helen Yanovsky
Israel | 2015 | HD | 71 min.
Date saturday 9 july
“Nobody comes to box without a reason”, claims boxing club founder Gershon Luxemburg. The Jerusalem Boxing Club operates out of a bomb shelter in a southern neighborhood of Jerusalem, with hundreds of teens coming to the club over the years. In this striking documentary, we follow four teens from diverse backgrounds. Gershon teaches them self-confidence, wisdom and how to treat opponents with respect, even in the heat of a fight.
Helen Yanovsky is a Jerusalem based documentary filmmaker with a BA from the Theatre and Film Georgia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia and an MFA degree in Film Directing from the Tel Aviv University. Since completing her first short documentary in 2009, “Neve Sha’anan Street”, Helen has been working in the documentary film industry as a cinematographer, while working on her debut feature length film, “Jerusalem Boxing Club”. The film’s premiere was at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.