"I'm the only Arab-Israeli-Palestinian-Muslim-Baptist-American World Champion I know."
- Johar Abu Lashin
Hailed as a "bruising but illuminating" film by The New York Times, Raging Dove follows the story of Johar Abu Lashin, a Palestinian by birth, an Israeli by circumstance, and an American by choice. Regarded as a collaborator by Palestinians, an enemy by Israelis and a foreigner by Americans, he is ultimately torn between his three identities and the wars that rage within and around him. The only place where Abu Lashin can truly find peace is in the ring.
Yet Abu Lashin's desire to bring the ring to his hometown of Nazareth is also his downfall, as he finds himself on unsure footing against an opponent much bigger than him: Middle Eastern politics.
Director // Duki Dror
Script // Galia Engelmayer Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche
Editor // Sara Salomon
Best Documentary | DocAviv Documentary Film Festival, Israel
Best Documentary | Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles, US
Certificate of Merit | San Francisco Film Festival, US
South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas, US
Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, US
San Francisco Film Festival, US
Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles, US
DocAviv Documentary Film Festival, Israel
Leipzig Dokfest, Germany
Israel-Palestinian Film Festival, Paris, France
EBS Seoul Documentary Film Festival, South Korea
Channel 8, Israel
ABC TV, Asia/Pacific and Australia
TV Ontario, Canada
EBS Public TV, South Korea
TV Catalonia, Spain
Sundance Channel, US
Riveting boxing film ... raw and gripping ... outstanding film!
A microcosm of the tragedy in which all the region's residents find themselves. A remarkable story!
Mr. Dror's intimate, dedicated camerawork captures the boxer's wrath and dejection, plus some maniacal, sweaty glimpses of a sport that is too often depicted as a ballet with blood.