PREMIERE AIMS TO SMASH STEREOTYPES

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Bianca 'Bam Bam' Elmir with filmmaker Jemma van Loenen at The Fighters Factory in Blackburn.

A DOCUMENTARY about a female muslim boxer’s journey, which has been directed and produced by a Mitcham filmmaker, will premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival next week.

Director and co-producer of ‘Bam Bam’ Jemma van Loenen and her production team followed two-time Australian flyweight champion Bianca “Bam Bam” Elmir to Kazakhstan for the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2016 to record the journey.

Four years in the making, the 62-minute film is “about overcoming obstacles”, Ms van Loenen said. It follows Lebanese muslin Bam Bam in the wake of a drug ban that stopped her competing in the London Olympics, and her mission to smash stereotypes.

“I’m hoping this film will be one that people can connect with and help them think about what is possible for themselves in achieving their own dreams,” Ms van Loenen said.

It will screen on July 14 at 3pm at Backlot Studios in Southbank. More info on the festival: mdff.org,au

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