Welterweight boxer Johar Abu Lashin is a man torn by contradictions. Palestinian by birth, Israeli by circumstance and American by choice, Lasheen has hopes of healing Arab-Israeli enmity ... See full summary »

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Welterweight boxer Johar Abu Lashin is a man torn by contradictions. Palestinian by birth, Israeli by circumstance and American by choice, Lasheen has hopes of healing Arab-Israeli enmity through the power of sport. In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Duki Dror follows the young champion as he defends his title in bouts in Nazareth and Gaza. Lasheen is a man in constant battle with himself, Dror observes; "The only place where he truly feels whole, or at home, is in the ring." Alas, in the Middle East, politics never takes a time out. Written by AFD

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Unfocused documentary
18 October 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This unsatisfying documentary takes a look at lightweight boxer, Johar Abu-Lashin, an Israeli born Arab who briefly held a world championship belt. The film sets him up as a symbol of a peaceful and multicultural Israel: a Nazareth lad who feels he is both Israeli and Palestinian. But by film's end, Raging Dove seems more concerned with the minutiae of the fight game and Abu-Lashin himself seems far removed from the peace process. An early glimpse of his Tennessee training gym, where American, Israeli, and Palestinian flags are prominently displayed, underlines the confusion here. Is Abu-Lashin a traitor to his people, a shining exemplar of a brighter future, or just another boxer fallen by the wayside? Raging Dove fails to successfully address any of the questions it poses.


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