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'Kassim The Dream' Opens in New York

By Tom White

Kassim The Dream, the IDA Award-nominated documentary from Kief Davidson, opens today in New York. The film tells the story of world champion boxer Kassim "The Dream" Ouman--born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over the government, Kassim became an army soldier who was forced to commit many horrific atrocities, making him both a victim and perpetrator. He soon discovered the army's boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture-shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became World Junior Middleweight Champion.

For an interview with Davidson held in conjunction with the IDA Award nomination, click here.