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Dambe

Winner of The Heritage Award at British Documentary Film Festival.

Selected into Crystal Palace International Film Festival, British Documentary Film Festival, Frame Light Short Focus Festival and Documentary Filmmaker’s Showcase.

This is a film about Taye, the reigning Dambe boxing champion of his local community in Lagos, Nigeria. Often called ‘Fight Club - Nigerian style’, the fighters will wrap their arms tightly in rope with the aim of knocking down an opponent in one strike. It is a fiercely competitive sport and largely undocumented, until now.

Exploring Taye’s exciting and largely unseen world has been both a raw and powerful experience. It was also incredibly refreshing to capture and shape a story that has space to breathe over a longer running time.

Directors: Alex Simpson and Sebastian Barros