‘Born to Fight’ on DR3


Meet the Indian girl Thulasi. She is 24 years and untouchable – and thus not worth much in the public eye. India more than 80 million women in the same boat as her. Ten years ago, stack Thulasi from her biological family, because the danger would marry her off to an older man. The mother’s life as a housewife in her daughter’s eyes “a life in prison.” Although she has an escape plan.

Thulasi has: a great talent for boxing, and boxing can – at best – lead to economic independence and thus a life where she has control. Living in a male-dominated society makes her all the more motivated in the boxing ring, but Thulasi not escape the patriarchal tentacles: In boxing club is well known that you should not be alone with the manager of the club in his office. It is also common knowledge that it costs money under the table to be selected for the main events.


“Born to fight” is co-produced by Helle Faber of Made in Copenhagen, with support from the Danish Film Institute and directed by Norwegians Susann Østigaard and Beathe Hofseth. Instructors production company Free Movie engage in issues such as gender, human rights and discrimination and also highlights the female role models.

In an interview in DR2 Day on 1 May, the film’s two directors report that also Thulasis travel behavior testify to her strong urge to take control of things: “One of the first thing she said to us was that in India women sit normally on the back of motorcycle, while the father, husband or brother is running. But Thulasi would have his own motorcycle., she wanted to show Indian fathers and all others that there is no difference between boys and girls and that girls can do whatever they want. “

Unwanted girls

Up to the television premiere is “Born to fight” has been shown at Testrup University and for Team Denmark-students at the Sports College in Holstebro.Friday, May 2, the film was shown to students at Borup High School Cinematheque. Here was the volunteer coordinator and board member of the Danish-Indian Child Welfare Lisbeth Lynggaard-Jørgensen also present.

“I hope that the” Born to fight “will open Danish eyes of Indian women need to become something rather than just getting a husband and serve him,” she says. “I sensed the audience that they were surprised by the fact Thulasi and many other Indian girls and women live. But actually Thulasi one of the more fortunate Indian women. She found a new family who could and would support her financially , thus giving her the opportunity to realize the dream boxes. “

Part of the explanation for Indian girls and women’s hardship is the tradition of paying a dowry when a daughter is getting married. The girl child is therefore roughly bad business.

“Female Fetuses will be sorted out,” said Lisbeth Lynggaard-Jørgensen. “Of course it is not legal, but it happens anyway. Consequently, there is now a deficit of women in India.”

“Born to fight” appears on DR3 May 5 pm. 20:00

via the Danish Film Institute


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