When living in diaspora turns into a boxing match, one learns to fight with bare knuckles. Hala, an Arab American female boxer in New York City, and Kendrick, an African American jazz musician, improvise their way through a passive aggressive America. While boxing and jazz rely on improvisation, they both have a deep sense of resilience. She's Miles Davis in boxing gloves and he's Muhammad Ali refusing to live a lie.


 SHORT | USA | USA Premiere, 25mins.

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Darine Hotait is a Lebanese American fiction writer and film director based in New York City. Her narrative films were broadcasted on Sundance TV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel & Shorts TV. Her work has screened at over a 100 international film festival, received numerous Best Fiction Awards, a nomination for the prestigious Goethe Award and an EMMY Blue-Ribbon nomination. She is the founder of the incubator project Cinephilia Productions. Darine is currently developing her debut feature film Like Salt.


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Lead Cast: Jessica Damouni (Hala), Ben Williams (Kendrick), Timothy Ryan Hickernell (Ran).

Darine Hotait (writer/director) - Autumn Eakin (Director of Photography) - Tarek Yamani (Music score) - Erika Rydell & George Velez (Producers) - Josefina Laban (Production Design) - Lowri Best (Costume Design) - Darine Hotait (editor) - Hecat Studios (Visual Effects) - Produced by Cinephilia Productions - In Co-production with Digital Bodega