MORE THAN A NEIGHBORHOOD, A FAMILY
HOW A SLUM IN GHANA BECAME THE HOME OF 8 BOXING CHAMPIONS
There is something particular about Bukom. Located on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital Accra, Bukom is one of those places where people live together in little-crowded shacks made of tin and dirt. You would never guess this place is a legendary World Boxing Capital, home to 8 World Champions. Here every young kid “learns how to fight before they can even walk”, and all of them train and dream to become the next World Champion.
“Bukom” is the story of this vibrant neighborhood, told by director Ray Demski with original music by Mo Kolours, and published by Amsterdam Worldwide.
It’s a story of the passion, ambition, and knowledge running through a community that builds bonds through boxing, becoming a family to raise the next generation of World Champions. Every gym is a home to the homeless, every coach a father to the fatherless, every empty street a school to refine their instincts.
As director Ray Demski points out : “boxing metropoles from London to L.A. speak of Bukom with almost mystic reverence – D.K. Poison, Azumah Nelson, Nana Yaw Konadu, Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joseph Agbeko – are legends among fighters, their names synonyms for those who came from the bottom and fought themselves to the top.”
Each of these stories is proof of the fact that even though the millions of dollars go to the big names fighting in Las Vegas, the true heart of boxing is in Bukom. Beating from the dedication and love that inspire kids to change their lives, providing a purpose that resonates generation through generation.
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