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Television: Victory is Your Duty

Television: Victory is Your Duty
NEW YORK  •  Thirteen/WNET  •  Ongoing

Boxing has held a special place of honor in Cuban society since the Revolution. In the past seven Olympic Games the tiny island nation with a population of 11 million people has dominated the sport of boxing: 32 medals, 26 gold. Now, as Castro's faltering health has thrown the future into question, a foreign film crew has been granted access for the first time ever to one of the state's legendary institutions-the Havana Boxing Academy on the outskirts of Cuba's capital. There, from the tender age of nine, boys hand-picked as future Olympians are molded into soldiers of the ring. They live and train at the Academy with a single purpose: to bring home Olympic Gold. The film reveals the Academy as a microcosm of Cuban society. The boys, it becomes clear, fight for Cuba, for Castro. Victory is not just their hope. It is their duty.

Wide Angle - Havana Boxing Academy
Young Cuban boxer Christian Martinez and his coach, Yosvani Borachea. 
Photo: Domingo Triana/(c) Windfall Films Ltd

Director Andrew Lang has produced and directed several films in Cuba and Chile, including Do(n) Mayor - an intimate portrait of a Cuban lute maker and his son - and The Gringo Diaries, in which British students uncover the horrors of Chile's past.

WIDE ANGLE continues Its Sixth Season On PBS.

Thirteen/WNET New York Web Site

Detailed schedule information:
Victory is Your Duty premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Contact: Thirteen/WNET
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (1) 212 560 13 13

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