The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) turns 38 this year with the 2014 10-day festival opening on Thursday, September 4th. TIFF has become one of the hottest film festivals around the globe, and each year high-profile films and celebrities descend on Toronto for the fest.
This year, TIFF is doing a special presentation of the biopic Mary Kom, trailer here, “inspired by the travails and triumphs of India’s first female Olympic boxing medallist, this portrait of a fighter sees Chopra join a celebrated cinematic lineage: underdog pugilists who beat the odds. Born to a tribal family in the northeastern state of Manipur, the diminutive village girl was initially forced to conceal her burgeoning passion from her disapproving parents, and would later clash with Indian boxing officials over the facilities available to female contenders. Yet Kom would also go on to become a five-time world champion, often punching literally above her weight” (excerpt taken from the film’s festival page).
Mary Kom is an incredible woman, boxer, and advocate for sport and gender equity. Her life story is full of adversity and triumphs, and her success has opened doors for women in South Asia who are interested in being a competitive boxer. Kom runs a female-only fight club that teaches girls and women to defend themselves against sexual violence in India. To learn more about her, read this great 2012 profile in The Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine, and also visit her website mcmarykom.com.
Tickets for TIFF go on sale Sunday, August 31. For more info, go to tiff.net/festivals/thefestival.