GIRLFIGHT is the fresh, triumphant story of a young woman in the Bronx who discovers her greatest love in the boxing ring. Diana Guzman is always fighting, whether at home in the housing projects with her abusive dad or at high school against gossipy girl cliques, but she finds a new outlet for her anger at her brother's boxing gym. With hard-core training from veteran boxing coach Hector, Diana learns she has the guts and talent to be a contender. When she falls for macho featherweight Adrian, her heart is put to the test. An action-packed, stunning debut from first-time director Karyn Kusama, starring award-winning newcomer Michelle Rodriguez, with breakout performances from Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon and Santiago Douglas.
Won: Award of the Youth - Foreign Film, 2000 Cannes Film Festival; Best Debut Performance (Rodriguez), 2001 Independent Spirit Awards; Directing Award, Grand Jury Prize, 2000 Sundance Film Festival
Ms. Kusama's unassuming script and Patrick Cady's fine, gritty cinematography keep GIRLFIGHT anchored in unpretentious realism.