The Champion

By Patrick McGowan and Brett Garamella | Documentary
A former Iraqi boxing champion overcomes tremendous hardships as he builds a bond with his family and taxi customers in Chicago.

Estaifan Shilaita drives a cab in Chicago. But once upon a time, he was a boxing champion in Iraq. Still, despite his success in the ring, his Christian faith prevented him from representing his country on an international stage.

Facing persecution for his religion, Shilaita fled Iraq in 1976 for Greece to pursue his boxing dream. With his family’s blessing, he left behind four brothers, four sisters and his parents. Ultimately, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 for “a better life and religious freedom.”

This fascinating documentary traces the turns and twists that he took from Iraq to the U.S., where he arrived to be with the woman he loved. Well-paced and sharply photographed, it’s also the portrait of a likable, engaging man who has created an equally warm and appreciative family around himself, beginning with his wife.

Shot over the course of several years, “The Champion” has an authentic emotional heart, resulting in a warm, genuine film with an eternal message about the primacy and power of family.

“I tell my kids, this is the land of the opportunity to be anything you want,” Shilaita added. “Everyday I’m blessed. I say to my family, ‘God bless America.'”




You Might Also Like:

Garfield

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Night Shift

By Marshall Tyler | Drama
A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Partners

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Small Arms ft. Tyler Young

By Arman Cole | Drama
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.

Pop Music

By Patrick Muhlberger | Comedy
A man who thinks he's a samurai wants revenge on a DJ for ruining his niece's school dance.

Balance

By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.

Others Will Follow

By Andrew Finch | Sci-Fi
The lone survivor of a failed mission to Mars uses his last moments to transmit a message of hope.

Spoetnik

By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man works in a food truck across from a brothel. Then, he sees a girl that needs his help.

How Was Your Day?

By Damien O’Donnell | Drama
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. But then, it doesn't match her expectations.

Margo Lily

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Drama
A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Long Branch

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Romance
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.

Ten Thousand Days

By Michael Duignan | Comedy
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.

Lonely Planet

By Alex Burunova | Romance
A lonely woman travels to Barcelona and meets a tall, dark stranger. Then, he challenges her to live in the moment... with him.

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart ft. Vicky Krieps

By Christoph Rainer | Romance
A hopeless romantic takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But he already has a new girl at his side.

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham

By Matt Richards | Horror
An inmate is selected to undergo a radical new justice program under the State's revised stance on capital crime.



Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.