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Tessa Boerman, Samuöl Reiziger
Welter-weight world champion Michele Aboro is battling her promoter in court. Without prior notice, her promoter had unexpectedly broken off the contract with Michele, who had won 21 fights, 18 of them by knockouts. The reason? She boxed too well for TV broadcasts, hindering the “selling” of her as a female boxer. A mixed-race ‘dyke’ as she unabashedly calls herself, Michele has to deal with her promoter’s demands to conform herself to an image of an appealing, attractive woman, through nude photos, an artificial face painted with makeup, and awkward gestures. This role of as a male fantasy in a world ruled by patriarchy and capitalism would never suit Michele, a strong and non-heterosexual woman. Through the images of and interviews with female boxing champions of various weight classes, the film reveals how even athletes are branded and boxed in by gender stereotypes and by implication suggests what a desirable woman is supposed to be. Furthermore, by means of the sports industry, the film highlights ‘femininity’ in a patriarchal capitalist society which not only conditions women to be inhibited towards intimacy with other women but even fear other women more than men.
Tessa BoermanTessa Boerman
Tessa Boerman has directed several documentaries for VPRO, a national public TV station in the Netherlands. Besides directing documentaries, she was the program director for African diasporas films and for festivals and institutes like Africa in the Picture Film Festival in Amsterdam and the British Film Institute in London. Knock Out was screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.
Samuöl ReizigerSamuöl Reiziger
Samuöl Reiziger is a composer/musician and director of commercial videos. He worked as a researcher and programmer for Reiziger on Muziek, an acclaimed music program on VPRO TV station from 2003 to 2005.