I Rise, a documentary based on the life of World Boxing Champion Laishram Sarita has been adjudged the Best Documentary in Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival 2021.
Directed by renowned Manipuri filmmaker Boron Thokchom, I Rise is 52-minute-long and chronicles the life of Laishram Sarita Devi.
Devi was born in a poor family and even after being a mother, she spared no effort to become a celebrated sports star of International fame.
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She came to the limelight as the first Indian professional woman boxer after she became a mother.
In spite of her fame and glory, she is passionate about empowering people who are marginalised and runs an Academy that trains and encourages destitute children to create an identity through Boxing.
The story elaborates on the predicament where she navigates between her mission and her relationship with her beloved son Tomthil.
This is the story of the conflict between a mother and a change maker.
I Rise is a product of five years of filming and it has been produced by Films Division Mumbai was selected to be screened at the 9th Mumbai Short International Film Festival.
It has also been awarded the Best Documentary At Mumbai Short International Film Festival in October 2020.
According to the filmmaker. the biggest challenge for a documentary filmmaker is the funding and he could do this film once the Film Division, Mumbai liked his story and approved the project.
Moreover, the documentary also won the Best Film on Women Outstanding Achievement Award at the Tagore International Film Festival West Bengal.
I Rise was also awarded the best documentary film on sports and also won the best Audiography at the 13th Manipur Film Award 2020.
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