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SFIFF58: Documentary Roundup

Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

T-Rex

Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari

USA, 2015

T-Rex follows the harrowing journey of seventeen year old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from her small hometown of Flint, Michigan, to London in the summer of 2012, where she is in contention for a gold medal in the newly added women’s boxing event. Although training at the elite level in any discipline is a remarkable feat on its own, Shields’ background, including an alcoholic mother and a father who was in prison for much of her childhood, makes her accomplishments all the more inspirational. And due to USA Boxing rules, her coach and surrogate father is forced to watch her biggest matches from the stands rather than be by her side at the ring. As much as Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari’s film deals with overcoming adversity, Shields’ story is also a telling example

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