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New On DVD Today - 'Kassim The Dream' (From Child Soldier To Champion Boxer)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 10, 2012 at 3:08PM

It actually had a limited theatrical run in 2009, but it's only now getting a DVD release, 3 years later.
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Kassim the Dream

It actually had a limited theatrical run in 2009, but it's only now getting a DVD release, 3 years later.

Titled Kassim The Dream,  the story centers on World Champion Boxer, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6.

Further... while a soldier, he discovered boxing and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Uganda, leaving Africa, and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture-shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World.

Kassim seemed to have achieved the American Dream with his jovial nature, fame and hip hop lifestyle. As Kassim trained for his next world title fight, keeping his demons out of the ring became increasingly difficult. His desires to reunite with family in Uganda intensified, but Kassim’s only hope for a safe return was a military pardon from the president and the government responsible for his abduction.

Director Kief Davidson (The Devil’s Miner) is said to have received unprecedented access to Kassim Ouma during a pivotal time in the boxer’s career to create a portrait of a complex and haunted fighter surviving against incredible odds.

If you missed it in theaters in 2009, or just want to see it again or own it, now you can. It's on DVD today courtesy of Zeitgeist Films.

Here's its trailer as a refresher:

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