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One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory, and become Cuba’s first female boxer.

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Director: Meg Smaker
USA/Cuba, 2015
16 min
About the director: 
Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, underground fighters in Cuba and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. Her films have won numerous awards on the film festival circuit, including Best Short Documentary at SXSW and a Student Academy Award.

Meg received an MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University, Graduate Certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA with honors in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA) from Mills College.

She is a published scholar and has conducted field research in Somalia, the Balkans, and North Africa. She has traveled to over 40 countries and worked in the Middle East for over half a decade.

Meg is not your typical filmmaker. Before becoming a documentarian she served 6 years in the fire service as a firefighter, E.M.T. and instructor.

Her extensive international fieldwork combined with her strong academic background and business knowledge make Meg one of the most formidable documentarians of today.

Meg recently became the president of Doc Farm Films, a nonprofit that seeks to fund and produce documentaries about controversial topics and viewpoints that are ignored by mainstream media.
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Meg Smaker
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  • Best Documentary, Student Academy Awards
  • Best Short Documentary, SXSW Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary, Sarasota Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary, USA Film Festival
  • Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film festival
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  • International Documentary film festival Amsterdam
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • OutFest
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Film festival
  • Iris Prize Competition
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
  • DC Shorts Film Festival
  • LUNAfest
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
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