Cradle of Champions


Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4:00pm

Made with a dream team of documentary talent — the crew’s past films include “Citizenfour,” “Cameraperson,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Racing Dreams,” and “Cartel Land” — “Cradle of Champions” captures the epic story of three young people fighting for their lives in the oldest, biggest, and most important amateur boxing tournament in the world: the New York’s Daily News Golden Gloves. “Cradle of Champions” follows three inspiring individuals on an urban odyssey through the 10-week Golden Gloves. Though boxing has come under increasing criticism in the past few decades, the tournament — which has produced more professional world champions than the Olympic Games — has taken legions of at-risk kids off the streets and given them discipline, self-respect, and focus. The film had complete access to the tournament — for the first time in its 90-year history — and to its characters. Telling a compelling story of dreams, heartbreak, and redemption, “Cradle of Champions” is edge-of-the-seat drama with the polish of a Hollywood feature and the intimacy of a cinéma vérité classic.

100 min.

Directed by

Bartle Bull

Film Category

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With producer Donald Rosenfeld.

Shown with



Emily Sheskin

As a 10-year-old dreams of becoming a professional boxer, her father finds himself torn between supporting her dream and worrying about her future.

7 min.