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Los puños de una nación
The Fists of a Nation

Pituka Ortega Heilbron

Panama, Documentary, 2006
75 min, BetaSP, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Regal Metropolitan 11
Saturday, April 19, 6 PM
All audiences

Robert Duran

In the 1950s, a man was born in El Chorrillo, one of the poorest barrios of the city of
Panama.  His name was Roberto Duran and later on in his life he would be known as
Hands of Stone. The intertwining story of Panama-Duran, reaches epic proportions when in 1980 Duran challenges the golden boy of the United States, Sugar Ray Leonard for the Welterweight Title of the world.  At this time, Central America was going was feeling the heavy handed presence of the Reagan.  Thus challenging and perhaps beating a contender like Leonard had huge political and ideological symbolism.  Duran's popularity transcends frontiers and he becomes a Latin American hero.

Pituka Ortega Heilbron was born in Panama, but lived for years in Germany and the United States, where she directed and wrote for the now defunct magazine Década (1989-1994). She returned to Panama in 1994 to work as a director, screenwriter and producer of both documentaries and narratives. Her award-winning shorts include  El mandado (1998), El corazón de las mujeres de piedra (1998), and Sacrifictum (1999)

Producer: Pituka Ortega Heilbron
Production Company: Hypatia Films
Screenwriter: Pituka Ortega Heilbron
Cinematographer: Carlos Arango de Montis
Editor: Nelson Rodriguez, Samuel Larson
Music by: Dino Nugent, Romulo Castro
Cast: Roberto Durán, Sugar Ray Leonard, Juan Carlos Tapia, Ferdie Pacheco, José Suleimán, Carlos Eleta, Consuelo Tomás, Stephanie Arcel, Bill Gallo, Luis Spada, Octavio Meirán

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