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‘The Fighter’ – Naomy’s story released for the first time

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Terre des Hommes’ award-winning documentary ‘The Fighter’ has been released online for the first time.

The film tells the story of teenager Naomy, who dared to resist the powerful economic and political forces behind the 2016 Olympic Games.

Naomy’s community of Vila Autodromo in Rio was set to be destroyed to make way for the Olympic Park.

Some of her friends and family obeyed eviction orders and left. Others resisted the authorities’ threats and bravely stayed, even when bulldozers had reduced most of the area to dusty rubble.

Naomy, 12, from Vila Autodromo.

Although Naomy’s community is being torn apart, her spirit of resistance remains strong.

“They want us to feel afraid. I am not afraid. I was born here, raised here, and I will stay.”

The Fighter’, produced by Dara Kell, Christopher Nizz and Fireworx Media, is a true-life illustration of the tragic consequences mega sporting events can have on children, but also explores the bravery of one girl against powerful opponents.

The documentary has now been released to the public for the first time, less than two weeks before the Games begin. You can watch it here.

‘The Fighter’ has won awards at three festivals: the Best Shorts Competition, the Golden Panda Festival and the Liverpool Lift-Off Festival. It was also selected for the Tokyo Lift-Off Festival and shortlisted for the One World Awards.

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