Preview Work-In-Progress Doc 'Woman On Hold' (On Esther Phiri - Zambian Boxing Champ)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 8, 2013 2:55 PM
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Check out this trailer for an upcoming feature documentary from co-directors Jessie Chisi and Salla Sorri, funded by the Finnish Film Foundation.

The film, currently in production, tells the intriguing story of Esther Phiri, a retired and undefeated boxing champion from Lusaka (Zambia), who holds numerous international boxing records/titles - impressive for someone who grew up in poverty, and with few prospects, in Lusaka, who gave birth to a daughter at just 15 years old, and who credits Laila Ali as an inspiration.

She eventually would become a household name herself, thanks to an illustrious boxing career, and would influence and inspire other young women.

Currently titled Woman On Hold, the film, a Durban Filmmart and Berlinale DocStation selection, is produced by Tahir AliyevAino HalonEnVictoria Thomas and the director, Jessie Chisi.

You can track its progress via its its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/womanonhold.

It's current trailer is embedded below (something to watch for in the next 12 months):

Woman on Hold - Trailer from The Video Factory on Vimeo.

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2 Comments

  • Ester Phiri | July 31, 2013 7:15 AMReply

    Woman On Hold is a co-direction of two director, Sambian Jessie Chisi and Finnish Salla Sorri. Both of them have been doing this film now 4 years, since writing the script together.

  • LegenDeri | July 9, 2013 8:10 AMReply

    I'm interested in seeing this!

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