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Bam Bam
Bam Bam is a documentary story of a migrant girl with world scale ambitions, against the backdrop of championship amateur boxing.

A Lebanese Muslim, Bam Bam was kidnapped by her mother as a child, the two settled in Canberra, Australia. A tumultuous, restless adolescence resulted in a breakdown in relationship with her mother. Defying the status quo of her familial and adopted cultures, Bam Bam decides to become a boxer, in pursuit of a dream to be number 1 in the world.

Canberra, the Australian capital by title only - predominantly white, Anglo-Saxon, suburban. It is everything that Bam Bam is not. Facing opposition on all fronts, as a Lebanese Muslim in white Australia, from her own community for her liberal interpretations of Islam and from the male-dominated sport in which she competes. She brazenly takes on the establishment. She defies anyone who tries to make her conform, proudly touting, “boxing gives me an excuse not to be normal.”

With slim opportunity for women’s boxing, an incestuous governing sports body, and her name smeared with drug-cheat rumors following a 12 month drug ban, when she was stripped of her 3rd Australian title, Bam Bam must carve her own pathway to the top. Which suits her just fine.

Along the way she comes face to face with her own shadow in the losses and wins of the boxing ring. Despite everything she comes to acknowledge and accept her own self. This is her fight her way. Bam Bam is who she has made herself to be. She stands proud, and she will fight. Fight for her rights, for the rights of others, and for a dream to be the best in the world. Bam Bam is a force to be reckoned with.

Jemma van Loenen
Jemma van Loenen & Phill Northwood
Total budget
70 Minutes