Director: R. Whitaker & L. Nolan

Ireland • 2007 • 78 mins

Saviours centres on a boxing club in Dublin’s north inner city, St Saviour’s Olympic Boxing Academy. It’s not a pretty club (are they ever?), but for three hopeful boxers from different backgrounds who yearn to make it as fighters, it is home. This observational documentary captures the rough and tumble, riveting and often humorous real-life story of three young lads. We meet Abdul, from Ghana, whose fights in the ring are mirrored by his battles outside it for refugee status. Local lad Dean wants to break out of his poverty-stricken upbringing and land Olympic gold. And half- Caribbean boxer Darren – perhaps the most talented of the three – wants to jack it all in. Over two years the directors made this film with zero funding, finding time between jobs to shoot the protagonists. Saviours paints a vivid portrait of a small inner-city boxing club and the lives of three of its fighters.
The directors and the boxers featured will be present at the screening.
If you can’t see this, try Jack Doyle: A Legend Lost (Sat. 11am) or A Winter’s Journey (Sunday 4pm) or In the Shadow of the Moon (Sun.9pm)

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