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Mom of the Ring

WU Yue

  • China
  • 90min
  • DCP
  • color


Confronting the social expectations of being a mom, wife, and daughter-in-law,

a Chinese professional boxer tries to keep her career on track while she raises her son and trains for title matches.

Synopsis

Thirty-two-year-old Sisi is a World Boxing Council Asia Title champion and the mother of a three-year-old boy. 2020 will be her most challenging year yet. Not only will she have the opportunity to fight in a potentially career-changing International Boxing Federation match, she will also be taking full-time care of her son, who previously lived with his grandparents. Sisi was born and raised in a conservative family who believe—as many do in China—that motherhood is a woman’s most important job. After her son was born, Sisi suffered severe postnatal depression. Boxing became her way out, a way to show the world she existed. With her athletic career reinvigorated, Sisi is constantly dodging accusations about her life choices. Though married, she lives the life of a single mom. Her husband lives thousands of kilometers away and contributes little to their child’s upbringing. She has no choice but to take her son to work, which people in the boxing world cannot accept. Those outside it see as a sign of bad parenting. Meanwhile, her in-laws protest her priorities. Wouldn’t a good mother make sure her son gets the best possible upbringing? And what about having a second child?

 

Director's Statement

Mom of the Ring is a character-led observational documentary, following the journey of Sisi as she struggles to weave together the very different strands of her life. She is the mother of a young son, but also one of a growing number of Chinese women to embrace professional boxing. The film opens when Sisi’s life was still mostly peaceful, balanced between teaching and looking after her son. When she begins to train for a high-stakes IBF match, however, conflict quickly arises. She blames herself for making her son unhappy, and for not being fully committed to boxing. Her husband works in a different city, and the two only meet twice a year. During a visit to their hometown, Sisi faces criticism and intense pressure from her mother-in-law to have a second child. But boxing is not just a sport for Sisi; it’s her statement of existence. She decides to take birth control surgery so she can focus fully on her training.

Director

  • WU Yue

     

Credit

  • Producer빈센트 두 Vincent DU