Rolling with the Punches: Light Fly, Fly High

All sports require agility, perhaps none more so than boxing – a sport that centres on the literal, often bloody, domination of an opponent. Perhaps this is why standard boxing terminology is called upon whenever we talk about the ‘fight’ for human rights: it is a ‘battle against the odds’, requiring huge reserves of not just bravery and strength but also shrewdness in order to knock out oppressive systems of power. With this in mind, Norwegian directors Beathe Hofseth and Susann Østigaard have found the perfect metaphor for tackling women’s rights in India, as we see in their boxing documentary, Light Fly, Fly High (2013). The film premiered in Australia as part of the 2014 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF), where it won the Impact Award for Best Feature Film. HRAFF judge Arnold Zable lauded it as ‘an extraordinary film about an extraordinary person […] a perfect example of the power of story in exposing a range of injustices’…

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[First published in Metro Magazine: Film and Education Magazine, No. 182, 2014: 78-80]