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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday To-Do: "Kassim the Dream"

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Kassim the Dream screens Wednesday night at Argenta Community Theater.
  • "Kassim the Dream" screens Wednesday night at Argenta Community Theater.

"KASSIM THE DREAM"
7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $8.

The latest in the Little Rock Film Festival's ongoing Argenta Film Series is a documentary about a former child soldier from Uganda who escaped his brutal upbringing and moved to the United States.

Kassim "The Dream" Ouma was drafted into the National Resistance Army at the age of 6. He began boxing a few years later and realized the sport could be his way out. Ouma came to the states on a trip with a Ugandan boxing team and decided to stay, a move that was not without its awful consequences. He was considered a deserter, and his father was beaten to death by soldiers, according to a 2007 profile in The Guardian.

Ouma's boxing career included several high-profile victories, and allowed him to support his large family, with members both in the states and back in Uganda. This film follows Ouma as he trains for a bout with Jermain Taylor in North Little Rock. Director Kief Davidson ("The Devil's Miner") will attend the screening.

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