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JessZilla

JessZilla

Emily Sheskin
United States
2023
90 min
European Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary
Synopsis

Jesselyn Silva doesn’t believe anything will ever be too hard for her. This young boxer from New Jersey who calls herself “JessZilla” talks about her Olympic dream, which finally seems to be within reach. The teenager has been training hard since she was seven to reach the top in a male-dominated world, and she’s confident that she’s as tough as the best of them. Her father Pedro also knows how tough she is, which only makes him worry about her more when she’s in the ring.

During the years that this documentary follows her, Jesselyn becomes national champion three times. Between scenes in the ring and at home, the father and his articulate daughter are interviewed about boxing, their family and their philosophy about top-level sport, life and the future. Meanwhile, rapid news items confirm the image of an American dream in the making. Until at around the age of 15, Jesselyn hears that she has an aggressive brain tumor, and the family is forced to radically adjust their outlook on life.

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Credits
90 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Emily Sheskin
    Emily Sheskin
Production
    Benjamin Kainz,
    Emily Sheskin
    Benjamin Kainz,
    Emily Sheskin
Executive producer
    Emily Sheskin,
    Mark Grande for Versus,
    Justin Barnes for Versus,
    Rob Meyers for Versus
    Emily Sheskin,
    Mark Grande for Versus,
    Justin Barnes for Versus,
    Rob Meyers for Versus
Cinematography
    Paul Yee
    Paul Yee
Animation
    Thornberg & Forester
    Thornberg & Forester
Editing
    Katie Turinski
    Katie Turinski
Music
    Pietro Milanesi
    Pietro Milanesi
Screening copy
    Emily Sheskin
    Emily Sheskin

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